ForexMinute.com – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) today arrested the mastermind behind Silk Road 2.0, an online drug marketplace that was launched in 2013 to replace its predecessor Silk Road. Right after the arrest of the marketplace’s operator Blake Benthall, aka “Defcon”, Manhattan Federal Court charged him of committing narcotics trafficking, conspiring computer hacking, forged documentation, and money laundering.
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara, one of the first broadcasters of this crucial event, said: “As alleged, Blake Benthall attempted to resurrect Silk Road, a secret website that law enforcement seized last year, by running Silk Road 2.0, a nearly identical criminal enterprise. Let’s be clear—this Silk Road, in whatever form, is the road to prison. Those looking to follow in the footsteps of alleged cybercriminals should understand that we will return as many times as necessary to shut down noxious online criminal bazaars. We don’t get tired.”
Bharara’s co-broadcaster FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos accused Blake Benthall to run Silk Road 2.0 on Tor, a network known for its obfuscating features. “Benthall should have known that those who hide behind the keyboard will ultimately be found,” he added. “The FBI worked with law enforcement partners here and abroad on this case and will continue to investigate and bring to prosecution those who seek to run similar black markets online.”
HSI Executive Associate Director Peter Edge, another co-broadcaster of this event, shared the similar sentiments of his colleagues, while warning other online drug marketplaces that they cannot hide behind some anonymity anymore. His direct dialogues was with the merchants who accepts cryptocurrency like Bitcoin to stay anonymous to the onlookers.
The accused is schedule to appear today in San Francisco Federal Court before Magistrate Judge Jaquelin Scott Corley. She will be presented with enough evidences surfaced during the joint operation by the FBI, ICE, Europol and Eurojust. If the accused is found to be guilty, he is prone to face a maximum of 60 years in prison.
Anybody out there started working on Silk Road 3.0 yet?
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