The FBI announced that Ross Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts, was captured “without incident” by agents at a public library in San Francisco on Tuesday and charged with narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering.
Mr Ulbricht, 29, is accused by US prosecutors in New York of using the site as a marketplace for large quantities of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD since 2011 to customers paying with Bitcoin, the digital currency.
In an extraordinary 39-page criminal complaint, he is also accused of soliciting a user of the site to carry out a “murder-for-hire of another Silk Road user”, who was threatening to unmask thousands of vendors and customers unless his $500,000 drug debt was cleared.
So Tor n’stuff aren’t quite as secret as all that then.
Always did rather surprise me that the site stayed up. I rather assumed it was because the authorities didn’t care enough to take it out, rather than that they could not.