Silk Road & Tor

Case Study: Drugs, Pirates & Tor – STFU

DPRThis is a short case study on how the FBI brought down Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR).  DPR was the owner of Silk Road, the largest darknet  underground dealer site for drugs, weapons and contract hits.   Silk Road operated on Tor (Hidden Services) and was only reachable via Tor.

To put it in perspective, here are some facts about Silk Road (these numbers vary significantly depending on who is reporting):

  • ~4000 vendor accounts
  • Over 1 million transactions
  • ~ 1 million user accounts
  • $1.2B in revenue
  • Dealing in drugs, hacked bank accounts, counterfeit bills, firearms, hitmen, pirated digital goods, forgeries, hacked social accounts, passports and SSN’s

“Tor is practically impossible to physically locate the computers hosting or accessing websites on the network.”    –   FBI affidavit from the Silk Road case.

Read the rest here…



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