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    ‘Risen from ashes’: Silk Road online again

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    ‘Risen from ashes’: Silk Road online again, 1 month after FBI crackdown

    Published time: November 07, 2013 10:45 Get short URL

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    An almost exact copy of the notorious internet marketplace for illicit drugs called Silk Road was launched on Wednesday. The platform comes online a month after the FBI shut down the original one and arrested its alleged founder.
    The new Silk Road’s welcome page mocks law enforcers’ efforts to put an end to online illegal drug sales. It’s designed in imitation of the FBI sign placed upon the outlawed old version of the website, only instead of “The hidden site has been seized,” it reads “The hidden site has risen.”

    Just like the original Silk Road, its new version can be accessed via the anonymous browser Tor. Purchases can be made by the digital currency bitcoin, believed to be untraceable.

    Already at its launch the new version of the site offered its users a choice from 500 various drug listings.
    "'It took the FBI two-and-a-half years to do what they did ... but four weeks of temporary silence is all they got,” reads a note from the site administrator, who as in the case with the shuttered site, goes under the nickname of 'Dread Pirate Roberts'.

    Silk Road has risen from the ashes, and is now ready and waiting for you all to return home," it adds.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation shut it down on October 1. It also arrested the alleged mastermind of the website and the online personality of 'Dread Pirate Roberts', Ross William Ulbricht, 29. He is accused of drug trafficking, hacking and money laundering.

    According to court papers, Silk Road generated sales of more than 9.5 million bitcoins (roughly $1.2 billion).

    His lawyer, Joshua Dratel, announced on Wednesday his client would plead not guilty and would ask a judge to release him on bail.

    "He is not the person that they are saying he is," Dratel said, as cited by USA Today. "He is a regular person, someone who has never been in trouble."

    The new ‘Dead Pirate Roberts’ has already appeared on Twitter, posting on progress being made by the relaunched Silk Road.


    Dread Pirate Roberts @DreadPirateSR
    7,000 people have registered so far and no sign of slowing down. 7,000 more voices who add to the call of freedom.
    7:39 после полудня - 6 ноября 2013

    The online personality promises improved secrecy to the Silk Road’s users as well as measures to prevent their digital money from being lost in case of another shutdown by law enforcers.

    The closure of the previous version of Silk Road in October included the seizure of $3.6 million worth of bitcoins, the FBI reported.

    A few days later, internet users discovered what they believed was the FBI’s bitcoin wallet and started bombarding it with tiny donations attached with critical messages.

    A week after the arrest of the alleged Silk Road founder, eight more people were detained in connection with the case in Britain, Sweden and the US.

    Two weeks ago, federal prosecutors announced they seized another 144,336 bitcoins found on Ulbricht's confiscated computer, approximately equivalent to $28.5 million.
    see also:
    Feds shut down Silk Road, BTC plunges


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    Good!

    Be careful!

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    Can't keep drugs out of a prison, can't keep the free market down. Where there is a demand, supply will rise up to meet it. It's a fundamental economic law.

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    You can try to crush it, suppress it, ridicule it, or stomp it out, but the free market, like a phoenix, will always rise from the ashes.
    "When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system's game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight, because once they've got you violent then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don't know how to handle is non-violence and humor. "

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    Ha! hopefully they are even more competent and prepared and entrepreneurial than their predecessor.

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    There's speculation it's a honeypot.

    FWIW, Sen. Tom Carper issued a statement about it

    This new website – launched barely a month after Federal agents shut down the original Silk Road -- underscores the inescapable reality that technology is dynamic and ever-evolving and that government policy needs to adapt accordingly. Rather than play ‘whack-a-mole’ with the latest website, currency, or other method criminals are using in an effort to evade the law, we need to develop thoughtful, nimble and sensible federal policies that protect the public without stifling innovation and economic growth. Our committee intends to have that conversation – among others - at our hearing this month on virtual currency.
    http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/media/ma...oad-20-website
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulfollower999 View Post
    There's speculation it's a honeypot.

    FWIW, Sen. Tom Carper issued a statement about it



    http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/media/ma...oad-20-website
    Government officials are starting to realize that this thing can't be shut down, and if they can't beat 'em, join 'em. The US Government will be losing a lot of taxable income if they make BTC illegal here.

    If the worst case scenario happens and BTC is made illegal in the US, it might be worth taking a trip to Hong Kong to see if you can open a Bank account (CNY) there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin69 View Post
    Government officials are starting to realize that this thing can't be shut down, and if they can't beat 'em, join 'em. The US Government will be losing a lot of taxable income if they make BTC illegal here.

    If the worst case scenario happens and BTC is made illegal in the US, it might be worth taking a trip to Hong Kong to see if you can open a Bank account (CNY) there.
    "Taxable income"? How is it taxable? It's anonymous and can't be traced, so how can they tax it?

    That's the thing, even if they did make it illegal, they wouldn't be able to enforce it because, by design, bitcoin can't be shut down.
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