Silk Road - Ross Ulbricht - Bitcoin
The subject of tonight's episode of "The FBI Declassified."
Good stuff - VERY interesting story. https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1326238243654918145
"I think he knew he was going to get caught — and end up being a martyr for his cause," she said.
Ex-girlfriend of dark web mastermind on dating a man wanted by the FBI https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ross-ulbricht-dread-pirate-roberts-silk-road-ex-girlfriend-fbi-declassified/
"I think he knew he was going to get caught – and end up being a martyr for his cause," former girlfriend says of Silk Road website creator Ross Ulbricht.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ross-ulbricht-dread-pirate-roberts-silk-road-ex-girlfriend-fbi-declassified/
Major Bitcoin activity last week relating to the case.
November 5, 2020
US Seized More Than $1B in Silk Road–Linked Bitcoins, Seeks Forfeiture https://www.coindesk.com/u-s-seized-more-than-1b-in-silk-road-linked-bitcoin-seeks-forfeiture-bloomberg
The U.S. is suing for the forfeiture of thousands of bitcoins it recently seized, totaling more than $1 billion, Bloomberg reported Thursday.https://www.coindesk.com/u-s-seized-more-than-1b-in-silk-road-linked-bitcoin-seeks-forfeiture-bloomberg
November 4, 2020
Nearly $1B in Bitcoin Moves From Wallet Linked to Silk Road https://www.coindesk.com/nearly-1b-in-bitcoin-moves-from-wallet-linked-to-silk-road
Seems like a lot.
October 12, 2020
"Generally speaking, you don’t close a case with $4.8B just unaccounted for and this remains the Silk Road’s greatest mystery..."
The Silk Road Balance Sheet Discrepancy: Bitcoin Worth $4.8 Billion Still Missing https://news.bitcoin.com/the-silk-road-balance-sheet-discrepancy-bitcoin-worth-4-8-billion-still-missing/
The original Silk Road marketplace has been shut down for well over seven years now and to this day, 444,000 BTC is still missing.https://news.bitcoin.com/the-silk-road-balance-sheet-discrepancy-bitcoin-worth-4-8-billion-still-missing/
October 1, 2020
The Long and Winding Story of Silk Road, Bitcoin’s Earliest Major Application https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/the-long-and-winding-story-of-silk-road-bitcoins-earliest-major-application
For many Bitcoiners, the online marketplace Silk Road has become a touchstone in BTC's story — as has the fate of its founder, Ross Ulbricht.https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/the-long-and-winding-story-of-silk-road-bitcoins-earliest-major-application
January 31, 2020
Ulbricht described Clark, who used aliases including "Variety Jones" and "Plural of Mongoose," as a "real mentor."
Silk Road Marketplace Senior Adviser Pleads Guilty in US Federal Court https://cointelegraph.com/news/silk-road-marketplace-senior-adviser-pleads-guilty-in-us-federal-court/
The senior adviser to Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht had pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics in a Manhattan Federal Courthttps://cointelegraph.com/news/silk-road-marketplace-senior-adviser-pleads-guilty-in-us-federal-court/
November 25, 2018
Silk Road Fake Murder Mystery May Be Solved https://news.bitcoin.com/silk-road-fake-murder-mystery-may-be-solved/
May 8, 2017
"Despite Bilton’s best efforts, Ulbricht remains almost as mysterious at the end of American Kingpin as he is at the beginning."
In American Kingpin, the Silk Road ends in a farce - Who was Ross Ulbricht? https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/8/15580266/american-kingpin-nick-bilton-review-ross-silk-road-ross-ulbricht
Few startup founders over the past decade have inspired as much mythology as Ross Ulbricht. In October 2013, the FBI arrested Ulbricht as he sat working inside a San Francisco branch library. When...https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/8/15580266/american-kingpin-nick-bilton-review-ross-silk-road-ross-ulbricht
April 26, 2017
Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/silk-road-ross-ulbricht-drugs-murder
The Untold Story of Silk Road - Part 1 https://www.wired.com/2015/04/silk-road-1/
The Untold Story of Silk Road - Part 2 https://www.wired.com/2015/05/silk-road-2/
May 29, 2015
Judge Forrest didn’t accept his self-assessment, instead calling Ulbricht’s Silk Road “a carefully planned life’s work.”
“It was your opus,” she said.
The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison https://techcrunch.com/2015/05/29/the-silk-roads-ross-ulbricht-sentenced-to-life-in-prison/
The alleged owner of the Silk Road, an online black market, has been sentenced to life in prison by Judge Katherine B. Forrest in a Federal District Court in Manhattan. He was found guilty on seven...https://techcrunch.com/2015/05/29/the-silk-roads-ross-ulbricht-sentenced-to-life-in-prison/
February 4, 2015
Silk Road Mastermind Ross Ulbricht Convicted of All 7 Charges https://www.wired.com/2015/02/silk-road-ross-ulbricht-verdict/
January 23, 2015
Here's the Secret Silk Road Journal From the Laptop of Ross Ulbricht https://www.wired.com/2015/01/heres-secret-silk-road-journal-laptop-ross-ulbricht/
As the saga of the Silk Road has unfolded over the last four years, everyone has had an opinion about the unprecedented, billion-dollar online narcotics bazaar, from press to politicians to prosecu...https://www.wired.com/2015/01/heres-secret-silk-road-journal-laptop-ross-ulbricht/
January 21, 2015
How the Feds Nabbed Alleged Silk Road Drug Kingpin 'Dread Pirate Roberts' https://time.com/3673321/silk-road-dread-pirate-roberts/
Key Moments in the Life of Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht https://www.newsweek.com/key-moments-life-silk-road-creator-ross-ulbricht-307815
January 15, 2020
Defense in Silk Road Trial Says Mt. Gox CEO Was the Real Dread Pirate Roberts https://www.vice.com/en/article/xyw53j/defense-in-silk-road-trial-says-mt-gox-ceo-was-the-real-dread-pirate-roberts
In an unexpected twist, Ross Ulbricht's defense team is arguing that Mark Karpeles, CEO of a failed Bitcoin company, was the real Silk Road mastermind.https://www.vice.com/en/article/xyw53j/defense-in-silk-road-trial-says-mt-gox-ceo-was-the-real-dread-pirate-roberts
January 14, 2015
Undercover Agent Reveals How He Helped the FBI Trap Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht https://www.wired.com/2015/01/silk-road-trial-undercover-dhs-fbi-trap-ross-ulbricht/
The DHS's undercover Silk Road agent who was chatting online with Silk Road's boss during his arrest has finally told his story. And he’s revealed that just before his fateful conversation with the...https://www.wired.com/2015/01/silk-road-trial-undercover-dhs-fbi-trap-ross-ulbricht/
September 5, 2014
"After the initial revelation of the server's location in a data center in Iceland, the filing explains Reykjavik PD accessed & secretly copied the server's data."
The FBI Finally Says How It 'Legally' Pinpointed Silk Road's Server https://www.wired.com/2014/09/the-fbi-finally-says-how-it-legally-pinpointed-silk-roads-server/
The prosecuting attorneys in Ulbricht's case argue, means that no illegal spying techniques were needed to pinpoint the world's largest anonymous bazaar for narcotics. In fact, they write, the...https://www.wired.com/2014/09/the-fbi-finally-says-how-it-legally-pinpointed-silk-roads-server/
August 7, 2014
"In June 2011, Jesse Powell took a last-minute flight to Tokyo to help Mt. Gox recover from a hacking attack. A month after the trip, Powell founded a competitor -- Kraken."
Mt. Gox Insider’s Kraken Bitcoin Exchange to Open in Japan https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-08-17/mt-gox-insider-s-kraken-exchange-to-open-in-japan-next-month
Jesse Powell knew Mt. Gox was not long for this world more than two years before the once-dominant bitcoin exchange went bankrupt in February.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-08-17/mt-gox-insider-s-kraken-exchange-to-open-in-japan-next-month
March 3, 2014
"But he and Mt. Gox eventually made good on their obligations, earning a reputation as honest players in the bitcoin community."
The Inside Story of Mt. Gox, Bitcoin's $460 Million Disaster https://www.wired.com/2014/03/bitcoin-exchange/
Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy last week, saying hackers had stolen the equivalent of $460 million from its online coffers. The news rocked the bitcoin world, and it could...https://www.wired.com/2014/03/bitcoin-exchange/
February 14, 2014
"Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, has gone offline, after losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to a years-long hacking effort..."
Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Goes Offline Amid Allegations of $350 Million Hack https://www.wired.com/2014/02/bitcoins-mt-gox-implodes-2/
Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, has gone offline, apparently after losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to a years-long hacking effort that went unnoticed by the company.https://www.wired.com/2014/02/bitcoins-mt-gox-implodes-2/
October 25, 2013
"Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI and its NY Special Operations and Cyber Division..."
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Seizure of Additional $28 Million Worth of Bitcoins Belonging to Ross Ulbricht https://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2013/manhattan-u.s.-attorney-announces-seizure-of-additional-28-million-worth-of-bitcoins-belonging-to-ross-william-ulbricht-alleged-owner-and-operator-of-silk-road-website
October 8, 2013
"The evidence in the criminal complaint filed by the FBI in the Southern District of New York makes it seem as if tearing the mask off Ulbricht was easy. Too easy."
Did The NSA Help With The Silk Road Investigation? https://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/10/08/did-the-nsa-help-with-the-silk-road-investigation/
Warning: Highly hypothetical post to come. Last week, we learned that the Dread Pirate Roberts -- the shadowy figure behind the online drug bazaar Silk Road -- is allegedly a 29-year-old dude living...https://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/10/08/did-the-nsa-help-with-the-silk-road-investigation/
October 4, 2013
"Ulbright got a Master’s in material science in 2010, from Penn State. Which, as the FBI does not know, is not the same thing as the University of Pennsylvania."
FBI Can’t Tell Difference Between Penn and Penn State https://www.phillymag.com/news/2013/10/04/fbi-cant-tell-difference-penn-penn-state/
Today, Nick Vadala reports on alleged “Silk Road” founder Ross Ulbricht, who was arrested in San Francisco this week for running the “anarcho-capitalist version of […]https://www.phillymag.com/news/2013/10/04/fbi-cant-tell-difference-penn-penn-state/
October 3, 2013
Five stupid things Dread Pirate Roberts did to get arrested https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/03/five-stupid-things-dread-pirate-roberts-did-to-get-arrested
October 2, 2013
Ulbricht may have...bragged about his alleged role as Dread Pirate Roberts on LinkedIn, where he had referred to...“creating an economic simulation.”
FBI claims largest Bitcoin seizure after arrest of alleged Silk Road founder https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/02/alleged-silk-road-website-founder-arrested-bitcoin
Silk Road used Bitcoins to let users pay for drugs - but now police have arrested Ross William Ulbricht, who they say is 'Dread Pirate Roberts', the owner and operator of secret online marketplacehttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/02/alleged-silk-road-website-founder-arrested-bitcoin
August 14, 2013
“The highest levels of government are hunting me,” says 'Roberts'.
“I can’t take any chances."
Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road https://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/08/14/meet-the-dread-pirate-roberts-the-man-behind-booming-black-market-drug-website-silk-road/
Increasingly sophisticated anonymity tools have created a bustling online narcotics market and everything that goes with it: turf wars, illegal guns, attacks on competitors--and one philosophyspewi...https://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/08/14/meet-the-dread-pirate-roberts-the-man-behind-booming-black-market-drug-website-silk-road/
July 16, 2012
Are Authorities Closing In On the Online Drug Market Silk Road? https://gawker.com/5926440/are-authorities-closing-in-on-the-online-drug-market-silk-road
Just over a year ago, we broke the story of Silk Road, the underground online market that's like an eBay for illegal drugs. It's been thriving ever since. But as the summer drags on, Silk Road users...https://gawker.com/5926440/are-authorities-closing-in-on-the-online-drug-market-silk-road
December 29, 2011
Ulbricht writes in his journal that he's told too many people about Silk Road:
"It felt wrong to lie completely so I tried to tell the truth without revealing the bad part, but now I am in a jam. Everyone knows too much. Dammit."
June 5, 2011
Calling the website "brazen" (Schumer) and "audacious" (Manchin), the senators want the DEA & DOJ to shut it down and investigate it, because it's "flooding our streets" with drugs.
Senators Already Trying to Shutter Online Drug Market https://gawker.com/5808701/senators-already-trying-to-shutter-online-drug-market
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are asking the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice to "do something" about Silk Road, the go-to website for illegal...https://gawker.com/5808701/senators-already-trying-to-shutter-online-drug-market
June 1, 2011
"To purchase something on Silk Road, you need first to buy some *Bitcoins* using a service like *Mt. Gox* Bitcoin Exchange. Then, create an account on Silk Road..."
The Underground Website Where You Can Buy Any Drug Imaginable https://gawker.com/the-underground-website-where-you-can-buy-any-drug-imag-30818160
Making small talk with your pot dealer sucks. Buying cocaine can get you shot. What if you could buy and sell drugs online like books or light bulbs? Now you can: Welcome to Silk Road.https://gawker.com/the-underground-website-where-you-can-buy-any-drug-imag-30818160
['Update' to previous article]
"Attempting major illicit transactions with Bitcoin, given existing statistical analysis techniques deployed in the field by law enforcement, is pretty damned dumb," says Jeff Garzik, a member of the Bitcoin core development team.
"Former US Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges pleaded guilty to stealing more than $800,000 worth of Bitcoins during his investigation into [Silk Road]."
One of the government agents tasked w/ taking down Silk Road pleads guilty to stealing $820,000 https://www.businessinsider.com/shaun-bridges-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-820k
"Ulbricht’s defense said Force & Bridges had access to Silk Road admin passwords, they could commandeer accounts (including DPR’s), access private keys, bank accounts, etc."
FBI Agent Admits to Stealing Silk Road Bitcoins Seized by U.S. Marshals https://news.bitcoin.com/rogue-silk-road-agent-admits-to-stealing-bitcoins-seized-by-u-s-marshals/
Back in 2015 two rogue U.S. Secret Service agents, Shaun Bridges and Carl Mark Force, were caught and sentenced to prison for stealing funds while investihttps://news.bitcoin.com/rogue-silk-road-agent-admits-to-stealing-bitcoins-seized-by-u-s-marshals/
"Green was involved in a shady conspiracy that complicated the Silk Road investigation because law enforcement *faked his torture* and had Green **pretend he was dead for a year**."
Federal Agents Told This Silk Road Mod to Fake His Own Death https://news.bitcoin.com/federal-agents-told-this-silk-road-moderator-to-fake-his-own-death/
A former administrator from the now-defunct Silk Road marketplace is recounting his story in a tell-all book and movie deal. After being arrested in 2013, A former administrator from the now-defunct...https://news.bitcoin.com/federal-agents-told-this-silk-road-moderator-to-fake-his-own-death/
March 15, 2019
Famed crypto convict Ross Ulbricht starting rock band in prison