Silk Road Boss’ First Murder-for-Hire Was His Mentor’s Idea

Silk Road Boss’ First Murder-for-Hire Was His Mentor’s Idea

A newly revealed chat log shows it was not the creator of the Silk Road who first suggested enlisting the services of a hit man, but rather his top advisor and mentor.

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DEA Agent Charged With Acting as a Paid Mole for Silk Road

DEA Agent Charged With Acting as a Paid Mole for Silk Road

Nearly 18 months after the Silk Road online drug market was busted by law enforcement, the criminal charges rippling out from the case have now come full circle.

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Ross Ulbricht Calls For New Trial, Alleging Feds Hacked Tor

Ross Ulbricht Calls For New Trial, Alleging Feds Hacked Tor

Before Ross Ulbricht has even been sentenced for his conviction last month of running the Silk Road’s massive online narcotics operation, his defense team has launched a motion to grant him another trial. And their request is based in part on fresh evidence that the federal government surveilled the Silk Road’s server in Iceland without […]

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Ross Ulbricht Didn’t Create Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did

Ross Ulbricht Didn’t Create Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did

As Ulbricht’s trial unfolded over the last month, one character appeared again and again in the chat logs prosecutors pulled from the laptop seized at the time of Ulbricht’s arrest: a character calling himself Variety Jones, and later, cimon.

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Ross Ulbricht Didn’t Create Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did

Ross Ulbricht Didn’t Create Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did

As Ulbricht’s trial unfolded over the last month, one character appeared again and again in the chat logs prosecutors pulled from the laptop seized at the time of Ulbricht’s arrest: a character calling himself Variety Jones, and later, cimon.

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The Silk Road Trial: WIRED’s Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage

The Silk Road Trial: WIRED’s Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage

After 13 short days of trial, Ross Ulbricht has been convicted of running the unprecedented, anonymous online black market known as the Silk Road. In terms of drama, those days included everything: a hidden drug empire, a secret journal, lofty ideals, friendship and betrayal, deception, threats of violence, and in the end, a highly coordinated […]

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Silk Road Mastermind Ross Ulbricht Convicted of All 7 Charges

Silk Road Mastermind Ross Ulbricht Convicted of All 7 Charges

A jury has spoken, and the mask is off: Ross Ulbricht has been convicted of being the Dread Pirate Roberts, secret mastermind of the Silk Road online narcotics empire.

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Silk Road Defense Makes Its Final Pitch: Don’t Trust Internet Evidence

Silk Road Defense Makes Its Final Pitch: Don’t Trust Internet Evidence

The defense’s argument never added up to a single, coherent alternative story about who might be responsible for the Silk Road’s high-volume narcotics sales, instead focusing on injecting doubt in the jury’s mind.

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Prosecutors Trace $13.4M in Bitcoins From the Silk Road to Ulbricht’s Laptop

Prosecutors Trace $13.4M in Bitcoins From the Silk Road to Ulbricht’s Laptop

If anyone still believes that bitcoin is magically anonymous internet money, the U.S. government just offered what may be the clearest demonstration yet that it’s not. A courtroom powerpoint presentation traced hundreds of thousands of bitcoins from the Silk Road anonymous marketplace for drugs directly to the personal computer of Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old accused of running that contraband bazaar.

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A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online

A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online

For its two and a half years online, thousands of drug dealers sold every kind of narcotic imaginable on the anonymous online marketplace known as the Silk Road. But put one of the site’s heroin dealers in a courtroom and ask him questions under oath, and the scale and consequences of that drug empire suddenly […]

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