It was just last month that Silk Road was shut down by the Department of Justice and its owner Ross Ulbricht, aka “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was taken into custody for narcotics conspiracy, computer hacking, money laundering and murder-for-hire. Today, the Silk Road website is back up and running with a new Dread Pirate Roberts at the helm.
A new and improved Silk Road website re-emerged this morning promising better encryption for the Web’s largest black market for illegal drugs, activities and contraband. The website looks a lot like the original and already had more than 500 drug listings, ranging from marijuana to ecstasy to cocaine.
Like the previous site, it uses the anonymity tool Tor and cryptocurrency Bitcoin to protect user identities. The new website owner even uses the same Dread Pirate Roberts handle and wrote “You can never kill the idea of Silk Road” on twitter shortly before the official launch of the site. (Dread Pirate Roberts Twitter)
The new Silk Road URL is silkroad6ownowfk.onion. If you enter in the URL you will be directed to a spoofed Department of Justice webpage which states “This Hidden Website Has Risen Again” instead of “This Website Has Been Hidden.”
To gain access to the website you will need to download the anonymized Tor browser. (Download The Tor Browser Here) Once inside, you will see everything from illegal drugs for sale to counterfeit currency, passports and even hitmen for hire.
The site did experience some technical difficulties during the initial launch as it was originally scheduled to go live on November 5th at 4:20pm. However, users of the site seem re-assured by the fact that it is being managed by known administrators from the original site and particularly a moderator known as Libertas.
What do you think? Should there be sites like Silk Road on the Internet? How long would you guess before the latest site is shut down?