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Texan Accused in Internet Drug Case

It’s called the “deep web,” a hidden network of sites where criminals like to congregate. You can’t reach it by typing in a URL into your browser, the customized servers only recognize special software, often encrypted. The purpose is to transact business anonymously, and the deep web attracts everyone from drug dealers to hit men trying to ply their trade without interference from law enforcement. Last month, a man from Texas was arrested and accused of operating the largest of these criminal sites.

Reports from USA Today say that Ross Ulbricht, 29, was the kingpin behind the billion dollar Silk Road site. The site has been under investigation since late 2011, but the feds were confronted with layers of security, making it difficult to track down users. For example, the site didn’t use the common financial methods – no credit or debit cards, or Paypal – instead, bitcoin, an anonymous, electronically-encrypted method was used.

Ulbricht was arrested at an Internet Café in San Francisco. The native Texan holds a degree in physics from the University of Texas. Among the charges he faces is attempted murder. He allegedly tried to have someone killed by using the resources at Silk Road. ”The murder-for-hire charge stems from a March 29 incident in which Ulbricht allegedly asked a Silk Road user to murder another user who was threatening to release the names of thousands of Silk Road clients, court papers say. The FBI says it has no evidence that the "hit" ever occurred.”

Although the Silk Road has been shut down, the deep web remains. There is no way to tell just what’s going on there, but it remains a place in dark shadows, shadows where the worst of society can hide and perpetuate their crimes. What put the Silk Road on top was the e-commerce system set up that made transacting illegal business easy. Instructions were included for such things as how to ship drugs through UPS or FedEx to avoid police attention. Besides drugs, prostitution was also a popular “sale” item.


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