Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Silk Road 2.0 rises from the ashes of the original

Silk Road is dead. Long live Silk Road 2.0, which came online on Wednesday morning, as reported by Forbes.

Silk Road 2.0 rose from the ashes of Silk Road slightly more than a month after Silk Road was extinguished by the Department of Justice. The old and new sites were / are "the Web’s most popular bazaar for anonymous narcotics sales," The new site uses the anonymity tool Tor, along with Bitcoin, to protect the identity of its users.

The new site's login page even pays homage (mocks) the seizure notice posted by the Department of Justice on the original Silk Road’s homepage, with the notice “This Hidden Site Has Been Seized” replaced by the sentence “This Hidden Site Has Risen Again.” Silk Road 2.0 has a new security feature that allows users to use their PGP encryption key as an added authentication measure.

The Twitter feed of the (new) Dread Pirate Roberts had the following tweet, just twenty minutes before the site’s official launch: “You can never kill the idea of Silk Road." That alias was the same used by the owner and manager of the original Silk Road, who is allegedly Ross Ulbricht, 29, who was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 2.

As of Wednesday morning, it already had close to 500 drug listings, but sales haven't started yet. Site administrators said that they will gauge the site’s traffic load before they start accepting orders, which will, the site said, occur later this week.

Despite the mocking, it remains to be seen if Silk Road 2.0 can steer clear of the Justice Department, long term.

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