Dread Pirate Roberts and Silk Road Run Aground by FBI
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The Silk Road site was hidden in the bowels of the Internet under the cloak of anonymity provided by the Tor onion router project, the shutdown spearheaded by the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) did not involve a technology breach of Tor.
According to the FBI's criminal complaint, Silk Road operated from January 2011 until September 2013, with Ross Ulbricht, also known as "Dread Pirate Roberts," allegedly violating U.S narcotics laws selling drugs and other banned substances.
The FBI also alleges that Silk Road provided a platform for selling "illicit goods and services, including malicious software designed for computer hacking, such as password stealers, keyloggers and remote access tools."