The Dread Pirate Roberts arrested; The Silk Road shut down

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  1. in the

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    I have a druggie friend who told me about this website (The Silk Road) with a crazy URL where people could buy any drug in the world using Bitcoins. I was skeptical about it, but browsed and saw TSR was legit. The website had been operated for years by someone who called himself Dread Pirate Roberts, and it was only a matter of time before the government came knocking.

    He had a good run, though. I have to admit, his method of creating and running this website was genius, and it took a lot of profits away from street level thugs. Although a great deal of the website's products were very harmful, it was by far the safest way to link drug supplier with buyer without the threat of violence.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/02/silk-road-closed_n_4032116.html

     
  2. HUNTERMANIA

    HUNTERMANIA "I felt it." Platinum Member

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    The Silk Road was fucking awesome. My shit got rave reviews. I loved it.

    RIP TSR. This guy is going to prison for some serious time. LMAO @ his "bro, last hit I did was only 80k, what's up with the 150k price tag??"
     
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    I wanna know how they caught him and knew he ran the silk road. Is TOR not as cryptic as we had all thought?
     
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    I didn't believe it when I heard about the website. Mixed feelings about it... I'm against shit like heroin and meth (though I'm diametrically opposed to throwing people in jail for using), but at least it was a completely non-violent way of connecting dealer with user.

    Which is probably a main reason why it was under such fierce pressure. Kinda hard to fund the war on drugs when you take the violence out of it.
     
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    From the link:
    NSA couldn't even catch him.
     
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    from the bbc:

    lulz at it starting at the shroomery
     
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    DPR started this, and it worked rather well. The next one will be even more sophisticated and harder to shut down. If it keeps growing, expect to see more government action (aka funding) when it comes to mail snooping.
     
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    So on the one hand we are talking deep web uber secret techy stuff and on the other, the mastermind of this whole thing gets caught by being a total doofus- giving out his email addy and using the same screen names in multiple forums.
     
  10. Zuni

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    I wonder if the cartels have any beef with this guy. In the comments, someone brought up the point that he's lucky the FBI found him before the cartels did.
     
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    That sucks. I was hoping for a steady supply of quality opium.

    I do agree w/ the above poster. The next site will be even better and hopefully, the person in charge isn't as dumb as The Dead Pirate.
     
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    His site was cutting into their profits. I wouldn't doubt it. TSR made for some strange bedfellows in terms of enemies.
     
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    Canadian border officials > DEA
     
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    looked around there a couple times before. I thought he'd be from some Eastern European country.but San Francisco?
     
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    Does anyone else think this will be made into a really cool movie one day? Like a criminal Social Network?
     
  17. Aisorik

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    Well they did one for that wikileaks fellow starring Benedict Cumberbatch, so why not.
     
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    damn. should have taken advantage of TSR when I had the chance. I was too scared though
     
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    Well that was an interesting read
     
  20. Rex Kwon Do

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    I'm surprised the guy was living in America. I actually just heard about TSR last week on John Stossel's show when he was talking about, not surprisingly, bitcoins. His guest mentioned TSR during the piece, and my first thought was, "Wow, this guy hasn't been caught? He better hope he doesn't live in the US or any other country with strict drug laws, because if he does, when they eventually find him he's in deep shit."

    Oops.
     

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