On Wednesday morning, Silk Road 2.0 came online, promising a new and slightly improved version of the anonymous black market for drugs and other contraband that the Department of Justice shut down just over a month before. Like the old Silk Road, which until its closure served as the Webs most popular bazaar for anonymous narcotics sales, the new site uses the anonymity tool Tor and the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to protect the identity of its users. As of Wednesday morning, it already sported close to 500 drug listings, ranging from marijuana to ecstasy to cocaine. Its even being administered by a new manager using the handle the Dread Pirate Roberts, the same pseudonym adopted by the previous owner and manager of the Silk Road, allegedly the 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht arrested by the FBI in San Francisco on October 2nd.
The only significant visible change from the last Silk Road, spotted by the dark-web-focused site AllThingsVice that first published the sites new url, is a new security feature that allows users to use their PGP encryption key as an extra authentication measure. It also has a new login page, parodying the seizure notice posted by the Department of Justice on the prior Silk Roads homepage, with the notice This Hidden Site Has Been Seized replaced by the sentence This Hidden Site Has Risen Again.
The above image comes from Forbes article by Andy Greenberg titled 'Silk Road 2.0' Launches, Promising A Resurrected Black Market For The Dark Web.
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