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    Great Read 'The Untold Story of Silk Road'

    Long piece but I think worth the time reading especially if you are just lounging this holiday.

    http://www.wired.com/2015/04/silk-road-1

    http://www.wired.com/2015/05/silk-road-2/

     
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    you know what... I'm going to read the whole thing.

     
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    If you're a kindle user, you can export the article via: http://longform.org/search?utf8=%E2%...uery=Silk+Road

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    Did Micon ever talk about Dread Pirate Roberts? Wonder if he saw him as some kind of personal hero.

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    I also appreciate the link but I can't read the whole thing.

    The first paragraph was so OBV embellished I can't respect the rest of it as truth.
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    I can't imagine Tarbell and those others gave interviews so I believe most of the article is embellished and coupled with the other well-known facts.

    How does he know the race and gender of the FBI agent that grabbed the laptop? C'mon.. how does he know there was some territorial stuff going on within the different FBI field offices?

    The real whodunit is how they really found and caught the guy and I don't think anyone with intimate details of what happened are talking.

    My guess is the authors read some court transcripts. FBI and DEA agents aren't giving interviews to reports. If they have something to say after they retire they are smart enough to do so in some sort of value exchange - they aren't giving up the goods to Wired Magazine for no reason.

    Just my opinion....

    The illustrations are awesome, though

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    If it's tl;dr and you can't be arsed to read this, I've created a couple of mp3s so you can listen when out and about.


     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    The real whodunit is how they really found and caught the guy and I don't think anyone with intimate details of what happened are talking.
    Thought this was pretty well known and spelt out in Part 2 chapter 6:

    He searched for Tor URLs around the time of the site’s first appearance and found a mention in a Shroomery.org forum on January 27, 2011, days after the Silk Road launch. A user named Altoid talked up this exciting new “service that claims to allow you to buy and sell anything online anonymously.”

    Googling elsewhere for the username Altoid revealed a question about database programming posted on Stack Overflow, dated March 16, 2013, asking, “How do I connect to a Tor hidden service using curl in php?” The email listed was rossulbricht@gmail.com. A minute later, that user changed the alias to Frosty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly Buster View Post
    Thought this was pretty well known and spelt out in Part 2 chapter 6:

    He searched for Tor URLs around the time of the site’s first appearance and found a mention in a Shroomery.org forum on January 27, 2011, days after the Silk Road launch. A user named Altoid talked up this exciting new “service that claims to allow you to buy and sell anything online anonymously.”

    Googling elsewhere for the username Altoid revealed a question about database programming posted on Stack Overflow, dated March 16, 2013, asking, “How do I connect to a Tor hidden service using curl in php?” The email listed was rossulbricht@gmail.com. A minute later, that user changed the alias to Frosty.
    Yeah, that was the most amazing part of the Silk Road story.

    Everyone pictured Dread Pirate Roberts to be some amazingly clever, secretive, and shadowy figure, but instead he had left an obvious trail for the feds to follow right to his doorstep. And he was living in San Francisco, which was even more reckless than Micon co-running Seals from Nevada.

    Another interesting part of the story which is also glossed over is the attempted murder by Ulbricht, where he paid $730,000 to have six Canadians killed who were blackmailing him. Oddly enough, it doesn't seem that anyone was actually killed, and Ulbricht may have actually been scammed. It appeared that the extortionist and the executioner were likely the same person, and Ulbricht probably paid the scammer to kill nonexistent people. Still, Ulbricht really believed he was paying to have 6 people killed, which should really temper any kind of sympathy you might have for the guy.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2...hire/22769635/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly Buster View Post
    Thought this was pretty well known and spelt out in Part 2 chapter 6:

    He searched for Tor URLs around the time of the site’s first appearance and found a mention in a Shroomery.org forum on January 27, 2011, days after the Silk Road launch. A user named Altoid talked up this exciting new “service that claims to allow you to buy and sell anything online anonymously.”

    Googling elsewhere for the username Altoid revealed a question about database programming posted on Stack Overflow, dated March 16, 2013, asking, “How do I connect to a Tor hidden service using curl in php?” The email listed was rossulbricht@gmail.com. A minute later, that user changed the alias to Frosty.
    i don't think anyone believes this is the whole story. In the trial, someone testified the government thought the MtGox guy was DPR.

    Also... How did they find the servers?

    Right after this happened, they busted the other DPR guy also from Silk Road 2. How did they find this guy and his servers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Belly Buster View Post
    Thought this was pretty well known and spelt out in Part 2 chapter 6:
    i don't think anyone believes this is the whole story. In the trial, someone testified the government thought the MtGox guy was DPR.

    Also... How did they find the servers?

    Right after this happened, they busted the other DPR guy also from Silk Road 2. How did they find this guy and his servers?

    Significant flaws in the TOR protocol and browser brought down a massive child porn ring around that time.

    Also once you control a majority of exit nodes, you can basically uncloak the public -> private IP mappings.

    The fact is, people who really give a shit about not getting caught have been saying for at least 8 years that TOR is totally compromised and not to be trusted. It would appear they knew what they were talking about.
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    Also real talk Wired is turning into a clickbait blog.
    "Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness." - Alejandro Jodorowsky

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonatine View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post

    i don't think anyone believes this is the whole story. In the trial, someone testified the government thought the MtGox guy was DPR.

    Also... How did they find the servers?

    Right after this happened, they busted the other DPR guy also from Silk Road 2. How did they find this guy and his servers?

    Significant flaws in the TOR protocol and browser brought down a massive child porn ring around that time.

    Also once you control a majority of exit nodes, you can basically uncloak the public -> private IP mappings.

    The fact is, people who really give a shit about not getting caught have been saying for at least 8 years that TOR is totally compromised and not to be trusted. It would appear they knew what they were talking about.
    Ulbricht wasn't a professional programmer either and he made significant mistakes, some which led to publicly leaking the IP.

    Also a good general rule of thumb, anything created by the government is probably safe from everyone but the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Belly Buster View Post
    Thought this was pretty well known and spelt out in Part 2 chapter 6:
    Yeah, that was the most amazing part of the Silk Road story.

    Everyone pictured Dread Pirate Roberts to be some amazingly clever, secretive, and shadowy figure, but instead he had left an obvious trail for the feds to follow right to his doorstep. And he was living in San Francisco, which was even more reckless than Micon co-running Seals from Nevada.

    Another interesting part of the story which is also glossed over is the attempted murder by Ulbricht, where he paid $730,000 to have six Canadians killed who were blackmailing him. Oddly enough, it doesn't seem that anyone was actually killed, and Ulbricht may have actually been scammed. It appeared that the extortionist and the executioner were likely the same person, and Ulbricht probably paid the scammer to kill nonexistent people. Still, Ulbricht really believed he was paying to have 6 people killed, which should really temper any kind of sympathy you might have for the guy.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2...hire/22769635/
    I wouldn't be surprised if the government agent 'Force' wasn't behind these shenanigans.
    He was the one who stole the $350K that Green was blamed for stealing, and ripped him off in other ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty_Aus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post

    Yeah, that was the most amazing part of the Silk Road story.

    Everyone pictured Dread Pirate Roberts to be some amazingly clever, secretive, and shadowy figure, but instead he had left an obvious trail for the feds to follow right to his doorstep. And he was living in San Francisco, which was even more reckless than Micon co-running Seals from Nevada.

    Another interesting part of the story which is also glossed over is the attempted murder by Ulbricht, where he paid $730,000 to have six Canadians killed who were blackmailing him. Oddly enough, it doesn't seem that anyone was actually killed, and Ulbricht may have actually been scammed. It appeared that the extortionist and the executioner were likely the same person, and Ulbricht probably paid the scammer to kill nonexistent people. Still, Ulbricht really believed he was paying to have 6 people killed, which should really temper any kind of sympathy you might have for the guy.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2...hire/22769635/
    I wouldn't be surprised if the government agent 'Force' wasn't behind these shenanigans.
    He was the one who stole the $350K that Green was blamed for stealing, and ripped him off in other ways.

    I could be wrong but I dont think the information about the government stealing the money came out until after the case. If this is true, it seems that at the very least an appeal would be allowed. It makes you wonder if he would have gone down the road of hiring hit men if it wasnt for the government stealing his money. If he didnt take that drastic and retarded route I wonder how much time he would be looking at,
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoney View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Salty_Aus View Post

    I wouldn't be surprised if the government agent 'Force' wasn't behind these shenanigans.
    He was the one who stole the $350K that Green was blamed for stealing, and ripped him off in other ways.

    I could be wrong but I dont think the information about the government stealing the money came out until after the case. If this is true, it seems that at the very least an appeal would be allowed. It makes you wonder if he would have gone down the road of hiring hit men if it wasnt for the government stealing his money. If he didnt take that drastic and retarded route I wonder how much time he would be looking at,
    I don't think it really matters, they have him on the main charges for starting and running Silk Road and he'll probably get some stupidly harsh punishment for this.

    With the Green incident, if 'Force' didn't steal the $350k to start with it never would have turned into a murder plot.
    I have a hunch 'redandwhite' was also the government agent known as 'Force' and the government are withholding as much evidence as possible in regard to this agents involvement.

    Would make a good movie I reckon!

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    Yeah while the hitman/murder/attempted murder stories make for an interesting twist, the prosecutors know that because he was being duped by the agent (Force), and the fact that no one was actually killed, the chances of a successful conviction on that count would be 0.0/

    So focus in on the main crime of running Silk Road (which they have a ton of evidence on) and get him those charges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly Buster View Post
    Yeah while the hitman/murder/attempted murder stories make for an interesting twist, the prosecutors know that because he was being duped by the agent (Force), and the fact that no one was actually killed, the chances of a successful conviction on that count would be 0.0/

    So focus in on the main crime of running Silk Road (which they have a ton of evidence on) and get him those charges.

    The level of utter stupidity and arrogance with these bitcoin fanatics runs so deep it can only be attributed to a brainwash/hypnotic state. . The only thing analogous I can think of is when someone is deep in a cult. While the crimes are vastly different, this guy and Micon both have the same delusional arrogance about what they were doing.

     
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    Here's a great site detailing the machinations of Silk Road:

    http://antilop.cc/sr/

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly Buster View Post
    Here's a great site detailing the machinations of Silk Road:

    http://antilop.cc/sr/
    Loads and loads of interesting stuff, I was curious so read most of it.
    The people running Silk Road were total amateurs!


    This FORCE guy is crooked to the core, all the murder plots start with him.

    This might seem like a long copy and paste but it's only a small portion of the info on that site.

    redandwhite and friendlychemist has to also be FORCE, I don't believe it was a coincidence and it appears redandwhite got away with nearly a million dollars.
    The timeline for the murders is all within a few months just after FORCE gets control of the chronicpain/Curtis Green account.
    The Green attempted murder made him realise just how easy he could get big money from this guy and then he secretly extorted DPR as redandwhite I reckon. All the friendlychemist stuff he used to set up DPR he got from access to the Curtis Green account.
    Also the deathfromabove extortion was confirmed to be FORCE.

    07/12/2012 - Undercover agent complains about Silk Road buyers wanting "very small amount" and "it really isn't worth it for him to do below 10kg". MI
    07/12/2012 - DPR mandates "The employee" to solicit the top sellers on SR susceptible to move large quantities of drugs from UC. MI
    08/12/2012 - DPR replies to the UC "Hey, I think we have a buyer for you. One of my staff is sending the details". MI
    09/12/2012 - The Employee (using the support account SR Support) contacts the undercover agents saying he found a buyer who could purchase substantial quantities of drugs from the UC. The buyers is already established as a big seller on SR and plan to resell the drug on SR. MI
    17/12/2012 - The SR buyer ("The Vendor") negotiates w/ Undercover Agent. MI
    19/12/2012 - StExo’s last post on the forum for close to 5 months. (He also deletes all public posts from this date and prior. Next post is in public keys on May 7, 2013). F
    19/12/2012 - Silk Road is hacked. Someone changed product images and added bitcoin addresses to the listings (screenshot) F
    19/12/2012 - Some vendors complain about the lack of information after the incident and suggest to take the site down (screenshot). F
    19/12/2012 - DPR announces the issue has been resolved. (screenshot)
    05/01/2013 - Bitcoin vendor CaptainMal is promoted forum Moderator and consequently stop vending. F
    10/01/2013 - "The Vendor" provides the UC with a delivery address which happened to be "The Employee"'s house. MI
    13/01/2013 - Dread Pirate Roberts tells Undercover Agent "congrats on sale!" MI
    13/01/2013 - First post of Scout on the forum. Nomad welcome her as a new forum moderator. F
    14/01/2013 - Undercover Agent tells DPR he won't ship through US Post. MI
    15/01/2013 - Undercover Agent tells DPR "I'm sending my goons instead, ok?" MI
    17/01/2013 - Feds acting as couriers deliver 1kg of coke to "The Employee". MI
    17/01/2013 - Upon receiving confirmation of the delivery "The Vendor" sends Undercover Agent ~$27,000 worth of BTC. MI
    17/01/2013 - Arrests of Curtis Clark Green for cocaine possession. M
    17/01/2013 - Curtis Green turns over his Silk Road administrator account "flush" to members of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force authorizing them to use and assume the "Flush" identity. SF
    17/01/2013 - Force logs into the “Flush” account and changed the login password in order to secure the account for undercover purposes. NY
    20/01/2013 - Concerned about flush's whereabouts DPR at some point cut off the "Flush" account's access, but through communications with DPR, Curtis Green is able to regain access to the account and pass that information onto the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force. SF
    23/01/2013 - Vendor modziw is looking for buying wholesale/bulk cocaine. Some users mention a vendor going by the name "nob" has a kilo of cocaine listed (screenshot). F
    23/01/2013 - Undercover DEA agent Carl M. FORCE IV transfers 60 bitcoins into a DEA-controlled account known as "TrustUsJones." SF
    23/01/2013 - FORCE emails another member of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, US Secret Service agent Shaun BRIDGES, requesting that BRIDGES deposit bitcoins to replenish the "TrustUsJones" account. SF
    23/01/2013 - 60 bitcoin transfered from Silk Road buyer account "Number13" into "TrustUsJones". SF
    25/01/2013 - According to BRIDGES' report of the interview, Curtis Green debriefed by FORCE, BRIDGES, and other members of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, shows them Silk Road administrative functions. SF
    25/01/2013 - US Secret Service agent BRIDGES leaves the proffer session. SF
    25/01/2013 - Previously ordinary buyer account on Silk Road the account "Number13" is given vendor privileges. SF
    25/01/2013 - The "Flush" account makes a transfer of approximately 900 bitcoins into the account "Number13". SF
    25/01/2013 - Bitcoins starts being stolen from Silk Road and Silk Road vendors and deposited into bitcoins address 127B3qwztPyA67uq63LG8G5izwhFcJ7j4A. The first transaction into that Bitcoin address was a deposit by account "Number13". "The thefts were accomplished through a series of vendor password and pin resets, something that could be accomplished with the administrator access that C.G. had given to the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force. A total of 20,073 bitcoins is believed to have been stolen. SF
    26/01/2013 - 955 btc are sent from 12783qwztPyA67uq63LG8G5izwhFcJ7j4A into MtGox bitcoins address 1BnYoj21BdcGhhgGcQBmbsimrh6GzJjrtB. BC
    26/01/2013 - 1475 btc are sent from 12783qwztPyA67uq63LG8G5izwhFcJ7j4A into MtGox bitcoins address 1BnYoj21BdcGhhgGcQBmbsimrh6GzJjrtB. BC
    26/01/2013 - At least 2430 of the bitcoins stolen goes into a single Bitcoin wallet address 1BnYoj21BdcGhhgGcQBmbsimrh6GzJjrtB. SF
    26/01/2013 - A co-conspirator employee ("CC-1") informs Dread Pirate roberts that he had determined "The Employee" had stolen the Bitcoins from various vendor accounts. CC-1 says to DPR "you always have me at your disposal if you locate him and need someone to go handle it". NY
    26/01/2013 - Dread Pirate Roberts tells Undercover Agent "The Employee got busted! Also, he stole funds from Silk Road users. Beat him and get the money back, kthxbai". MI
    26/01/2013 - DPR communicates to Nob (FORCE) that Silk Road had suffered thefts and that those thefts were associated with Curtis Green "Flush" account. Law enforcement questions Curtis Green about the theft, and Curtis Green denies that he had committed any theft. SF
    26/01/2013 - Flush, Global Moderator last active connection on SR forum. F
    26/01/2013 - Inigo informs DPR that he has successfully stopped the theft of Bitcoins by resetting Flush’s password, thereby locking "Flush" out of his account. NY
    27/01/2013 - Dread Pirate Roberts informs another co-conspirator (“CC-2”) regarding the Bitcoin theft and says he has a copy of "The Employee" driving licence. Both discuss the possibility to "terminate The Employee". NY
    27/01/2013 - Vendor googleyed1 says his account has been hacked and accuses one of Silk Road staff to have stolen all his coins and changed his password. According to googleyed1 the same incident happened to several "Top Vendors" (screenshot). F
    27/01/2013 - Number13 complains to DPR that Bitcoin were stolen from his account. SF
    27/01/2013 - Dread Pirate Roberts is afraid the employee will give up info as he was on the inside for a while, he knows too mutch. DPR asks the Undercover agent to kill the employee. MI
    29/01/2013 - DPR agrees to pay $80,000. "Half down now and half after the job is done". MI
    30/01/2013 - googleyed1 account is restored and "everything is smooth again, panic over" (screenshot). F
    31/01/2013 - DPR asks for a status update and if the assassins can handle it. He's been told to send the $40,000. MI
    04/02/2013 - DPR, via anonymous Technocash transfer, sends $40,000. MI
    05/02/2013 - DPR says "pics or it didn't happen!" also "he knows waaay too much". MI
    05/02/2013 - DPR tells "CC-2" that "nob" had captured "The Employee" and that they were interrogating him. Several hours later, DPR tells CC-2 that "Nob" had confirmed that the Employee had been executed. NY
    06/02/2013 - User Silk Road deletes most of the content on the Silk road Wiki. (screenshot) F
    07/02/2013 - Users scout and samesamebutdifferent are the only moderators left (screenshot). F
    08/02/2013 - The UC states the assassins are in place ready to torture him and get the money but now waiting for the employee to be alone because the Employee lived with daughter and wife. MI
    11/02/2013 - Last connection from SR Forum moderator chronicpain. F
    11/02/2013 - TrustInJones last active on the forum. F
    12/02/2013 - Undercover Agent tells DPR the "Employee is still alive but being tortured". MI
    12/02/2013 - Googleyed1 posts an enigmatic message on the forum warning other vendors about a seller (screenshot). F
    12/02/2013 - US Secret Service Agent BRIDGES registers a personal limited liability company called "Quantum International Investments, LLC," (Quantum). SF
    16/02/2013 - Undercover Agent sends staged photographs of The Employee being tortured. MI
    19/02/2013 - Undercover Agent tells DPR that the Employee died during the week end but that he is waiting for an update. MI
    21/02/2013 - Undercover Agent tells DPR that The employee "died of asphyxiation/heart rupture" while being tortured and sends DPR a fake pic. MI
    22/02/2013 - USSS Agent BRIDGES opened an account at Fidelity Investments (Fidelity) in the name of Quantum. SF
    23/02/2013 - DPR tells "CC-1" he had successfully arranged the capture and execution of the Employee. NY
    28/02/2013 - Undercover Agent tells DPR the Employee's body was completely destroyed to eliminate evidence and asked to make sure the second $40,000 was sent. MI
    28/02/2013 - FBI has a lead on the possible location of the Silk Road server (193.107.84.4) and sends an official request for assitance to Icelandic authorities to obtain subscriber information, collect routing information for communications sent to and from the server and image the content of the server (screenshot). NY
    01/03/2013 - Dread Pirate Roberts sends $40k via anonymous Technocash transfer. MI
    06/03/2013 - BRIDGES' Quantum Fidelity account in the United States receives nine wire transfers from Mt. Gox totaling approximately $820,000. SF
    07/03/2013 - Lucydrop last active on SR forum (screenshot). F
    13/03/2013 - Silk Road vendor FriendlyChemist began sending threats to DPR through Silk Road's private message system. FriendlyChemist stated he had a list of real names and addresses of Silk Road vendors and customers. FriendlyChemist threatened to publish the information on the Internet unless DPR gave him $500.000, which FriendlyChemist indicated he needed to pay off his narcotics suppliers. NY
    14/03/2013 - FriendlyChemist further threats to leak vendors and customers info. NY
    15/03/2013 - FriendlyChemist provides DPR a sample of usernames, addresses and order information he wants to leak. He also sends DPR the username/password of a vendor he claimed to have hacked and obtained the data from. NY
    15/03/2013 - Account RealLucyDrop is registered on the SR forum (screenshot). F
    16/03/2013 - RealLucyDrop says he is the "real" Lucydrop and warned vendors not to buy from the Lucydrop accounts. The "real" lucydrop has apparently spent some time in prison (between 2 and 7 months) and was fucked over by his partner who left with his work computer (screenshot). F
    16/03/2013 - Stackoverflow question "how to curl Tor hidden services w/ PHP?" (screenshot). NY
    16/03/2013 - Stackoverflow account name change to "frosty". NY
    17/03/2013 - RealLucyDrop said he made contact with DPR about the issue, and DPR should be able to confirm who he really is. (screenshot). F
    19/03/2013 - Post from @the3j35t3r on twitter mentioning DPR. M
    20/03/2013 - Dread Pirate Roberts asks for FriendlyChemist's suppliers to contact him "so he can work out something with them". NY
    21/03/2013 - RealLucyDrop goodbye message (screenshot). F
    25/03/2013 - ddosd. someone knew the real IP. discovered the IP via a leak. migrated to a new server. DJ
    25/03/2013 - redandwhite contacts DPR and introduces himself as one of the people FriendlyChemist owes money to. NY
    26/03/2013 - A Reddit user claims to have discover Silk Road real IP address while the site was on maintenance. M
    26/03/2013 - DPR responds, "I don’t owe FriendlyChemist any money" and propose redandwhite to become a vendor on Silk Road. NY
    26/03/2013 - Redandwhite hints at future lucrative business. NY
    27/03/2013 - The Reddit user claims about the IP address leak are confirmed to be false. M
    27/03/2013 - DPR offers up FriendlyChemist's dox and mentions a possible execution. NY
    28/03/2013 - being blackmailed with user info. talking with large distributor (hell's angels). DJ
    29/03/2013 - FriendlyChemist (quiet 9 days after 3 days of threats?) delivers 72hr ultimatem before releasing the info, "5000 users details and about 2 dozens vendors identities". NY
    29/03/2013 - DPR contacts redandwhite offering a bounty for FriendlyChemist. NY
    29/03/2013 - commissioned hit on blackmailer with angels. DJ
    30/03/2013 - redandwhite asks how he can help. NY
    30/03/2013 - DPR asks for pricing and availability. NY
    30/03/2013 - redandwhite pitches high "$150k - $300k". NY
    31/03/2013 - DPR haggles over pricing "Don't want to be a pain here, but the price seems high. Not long ago, I had a clean hit done for $80K". NY
    31/03/2013 - DPR pays redandwhite 1670 BTC. NY
    31/03/2013 - Transaction of 1670 BTC to redandwhite alleged address (screenshot). BC
    xx/04/2013 - Stackoverflow email change to "frosty@frosty.org". NY
    01/04/2013 - Last posts of Nomad Bloodbath on the public forum. F
    01/04/2013 - redandwhite states "Your problem has been taken care of... Rest easy though, because he won't be blackmailing anyone again. Ever". NY
    01/04/2013 - got word that blackmailer was excuted. DJ
    01/04/2013 - UC FORCE creates a fictitious persona on the Silk Road website named "DeathFromAbove" that he will use to solicite a $250,000 payment from DPR and provided DPR the AA name and personal identifying details. SF
    02/04/2013 - got death threat from someone (DeathFromAbove). DJ
    03/04/2013 - DPR informs CC-2 that he had been blackmailed by “tony76" and paid a member of the Hell's Angel's "to hunt down the blackmailer". NY
    03/04/2013 - got pidgin chat working with inigo and mg. DJ
    04/04/2013 - Stackoverflow question updated from: "http://kpvz7ki2v5agwt35.onion" (Hidden Wiki) to "http://jhiwjjlqpyawmpjx.onion" (Tor Mail) (screenshot). M
    04/04/2013 - At DPR's request redandwhite sent DPR a picture of the victim after the job was done, with random number written on a piece of paper next to the victim that DPR had supplied. NY
    04/04/2013 - received visual confirmation of blackmailers execution DJ
    05/04/2013 - a distributor of googleyed is publishing buyer info. DJ
    05/04/2013 - gave angels access to chat server. DJ
    05/04/2013 - DPR wrote redandwhite "I've received the picture and deleted it. Thank you again for your swift action". NY
    05/04/2013 - redandwhite informs DPR that Tony76 worked with FriendlyChemist to blackmailed him. NY
    05/04/2013 - DPR says he "would like to go after Tony76" to question him and and recovered lost assets. NY
    06/04/2013 - redandwhite tells DPR Tony76 is a drug dealer from the Surrey area in British Columbia, Canada, who “works/lives with 3 other people and they all sell product together. NY
    06/04/2013 - DeathFromAbove writes to DPR, "It's not that easy [AA]. I'm legit. Green Beret. Friend of [C.G.]. I have access to TS/SCI files that FBI, DEA, AFP, SOCA would kill for. In fact, that is what I do ... kill. The only thing that I do . . . Don't worry DoD has no interest in you and your little website. North Korea and Iran are a lot more important. In fact, as far as the Army and Navy are concerned you are a nobody. Petty drug dealer. But, [C.G.] was somebody. SF
    06/04/2013 - DPR orders a hit on Tony76 only. NY
    06/04/2013 - gave angels go ahead to find tony76 DJ
    08/04/2013 - redanwhite prefers to hit all 4 at the same time for a total amount of $500k, and split the recovered assets 50/50 with DPR.
    08/04/2013 - DPR pays (3,000 @ $166/btc) $500K to a Bitcoin address designated by readandwhite. NY
    08/04/2013 - Transaction of 3000 BTC to redandwhite alleged address (screenshot). BC
    08/04/2013 - sent payment to angels for hit on tony76 and his 3 associates DJ
    09/04/2013 - ssbd considering joining my staff. DJ
    10/04/2013 - "DeathFromAbove" (FORCE) writes to DPR again, this time giving DPR details concerning AA including full name, date of birth, citizenship, address, and other personal identifying details". "Is that enough to get your attention? After watching you, there is no way you could have killed [C. G.]. But I think you had something to do with it. So, $250,000 in U.S. cash/bank transfer and I won't give your identity to law enforcement. Consider it punitive damages. Death From Above. " SF
    11/04/2013 - guy blackmailing saying he has my id is bogus. DJ
    11/04/2013 - cimon told me of a possible ddos attack through tor and how to mitigate against it. DJ
    12/04/2013 - Payment of 2,555 BTC to redanwhite Bitcoin address. This payment is not linked to any Silk Road event at the moment. BC
    15/04/2013 - redandwhite informs DPR that "That problem was dealt with". NY
    25/04/2013 - Nomad bloodbath posts on the vendor forum that he is taking a vacation break but before he is offering to ship his artwork skull to vendors before to open the sale to the rest of the community. F
    25/04/2013 - Nomad bloodbath creates a new PGP key. F
    28/04/2013 - Silk Road site and forum victim of a DDOS attack (screenshot). F
    2X/04/2013 - market and forums under sever DoS attack. Gave 10k btc ransom but attack continued. DJ
    30/04/2013 - Gave smed server access. Switched to nginx on web/db server, added nginx reverse proxy running tor hs. reconfiged everything and eventually was able to absorb attack. DJ
    30/04/2013 - Inlightof becomes Administrator of the SR Forum. F
    30/04/2013 - Reddit users posts vendors email addresses on Reddit as Silk Road is down. The post will eventually be removed. A back up is posted on silk Road forum. (screenshot) F
    01/05/2013 - Dread Pirate Roberts indicted in the district of Maryland under the placeholder name John Doe. The charges include "conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance", "attempted witness murder", "use of interstate facilities in commission of murder-for-hire". MI
    01/05/2013 - Symm starts working support today. Scout takes over forum support. DJ
    XX/05/2013 - FBI receives the server data requested in February 2013 from the Icelandic authorities. However, little activity is observed to/from the server indicating that it is no longer hosting a website. (As a result, the FBI did not request that Icelandic authorities proceed with imaging the server). NY
    XX/05/2013 - Chicago HSI agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan issued a subpoena to Dwolla, a payments system company, for information regarding Karpeles and his holding company, Mutum Sigillum, LLC. CHI
    01/05/2013 - LE agents in Baltimore and New York starts working together on the Silk Road investigation. "Everyone had that little piece of the puzzle, then it was time to sit at the table and put it together". M
    02/05/2013 - Attack continues. No word from attacker. Site is open, but occasionally tor crashes and has to be restarted. DJ
    02/05/2013 - Libertas registers an account on the forum and becomes Global Administrator. F
    03/05/2013 - Silk Road IP address is once again reported to have leaked on Reddit /r/silkroad. M
    03/05/2013 - helping smed fight off attacker. site is mostly down. I'm sick. Leaked IP of webserver to public and had to redeploy/shredpromoted gramgreen to mod, now named libertas DJ
    03/05/2013 - DPR moves Silk Road server to a new IP address (193.107.86.49) and generates a self-signed certificate M
    04/05/2013 - Scout recommended a new member to become moderator under the name Libertas. "SSBD will be focusing on other matters, so Libertas was brought in to help moderate the forums with me". F
    04/05/2013 - End of the DDOS attack - "The site is back up. I'm not going to say we are out of the woods yet, but unless something unexpected happens, we should remain up for the foreseeable future" (screenshot). F
    04/05/2013 - attacker agreed to stop if I give him the first $100k of revenue and $50k per week thereafter. He stopped, but there appears to be another DoS attack still persisting. DJ
    05/05/2013 - Attack is fully stopped. regrouping and prioritizing next actions. DJ
    06/05/2013 - working with smed to put up more defenses against attack. DJ
    07/05/2013 - paid $100k to attacker. DJ
    07/05/2013 - StExo’s first public post in close to 5 months; He posts two new PGP public keys. He has visibly edited as "< removed >" 37 prior pages of posts. F
    08/05/2013 - Curtis Clark Green case filed in Salt Lake County (screenshot). M
    09/05/2013 - US Secret Service Agent BRIDGES serves as the affiant on a multi-million dollar seizure warrant for Mt. Gox and its owner's bank accounts. SF
    14/05/2013 - The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued a Seizure Warrant for the funds associated with a Dwolla account belonging to Mt.Gox. M
    22/05/2013 - paid the attacker $50k - DJ
    26/05/2013 - tried moving forum to multi .onion config, but leaked ip twice. Had to change servers, forum was down for a couple of day.. DJ
    29/05/2013 - StExo announces his “scraping the Road” project, hosted on FreedomHosting, explains this is an archive of all vendor pages so that buyers can still access vendors in the event of emergency. F
    29/05/2013 - Chicago HSI Agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan, sought a search warrant for Karpeles’s e-mail account, swearing in a draft affidavit that he suspected Karpeles of being the Dread Pirate Roberts. CHI
    29/05/2013 - paid attacker $50k weekly ransom. DJ
    29/05/2013 - $2M was stolen from my mtgox account by DEA. DJ
    29/05/2013 - added smed to payroll. DJ
    30/05/2013 - Last post of grahamgreene on the forum. F
    30/05/2013 - spoke to nob about getting a cutout in Dominican Republic. said he knew a general that could help. DJ
    XX/06/2013 - DPR pays 400 bitcoins ($40,000) for fraudulent identification documents that Nob was supposed to provide to DPR. SF
    XX/06/2013 - tried to get a fake passport from nob, but gave fake pic and fucked the whole thing up. nob got spooked and is barely communicating. said his informant isn't communicating with him either.. DJ
    01/06/2013 - someone claiming to be LE trying to infiltrate forum mods. DJ
    01/06/2013 - DPR requests chat with redandwhite. NY
    02/06/2013 - loaning $500k to r&w to start vending on SR. DJ
    03/06/2013 - put cimon in charge of LE counter intel. DJ
    03/06/2013 - "Someone" logged into a server used to administer the Silk Road website from an Internet Cafe located near Ulbricht's residence. NY
    05/06/2013 - DPR asks redandwhite for update on "dummy IDs". NY
    05/06/2013 - Arrest of Casey Jones/truckin/Hughes a Silk Road buyer and seller. M
    06/06/2013 - Icelandic authorities image the server 193.107.84.4. NY
    06/06/2013 - German hosting provider Hetzner reports an unusually sophisticated attack on their system which resulted in their client database compromised. M
    10/06/2013 - User account "shefoundme" send a message on the Silk Road messaging system to Silk Road vendor KingOfClubs requesting high quality IDs. shefoundme will eventually order for $1,650 of fake documents.NY
    11/06/2013 - FBI New York Field Office discovers an apparent misconfiguration of the Silk Road hidden service user login interface revealing the IP address, 193.107.86.49, of the server (access logs supposedly showing law enforcement access to the .49 server from a non-Tor IP address). NY
    12/06/2013 - The FBI issues a request to Iceland for Icelandic authorities to take investigative measures with respect to the recently discovered (leaked IP) alleged Silk Road server 193.107.86.49 (screenshot). NY
    14/06/2013 - User Inigo removes administrative rights on the Wiki from Flush and Chronicpain (screenshot). F
    18/06/2013 - Last connection on the forum of user Scout. F
    19/06/2013 - Joint Search Warrant conducted by HSI Chicago (SA Der-Yeghiayan) and HSI Baltimore (SA McFarland) based on a new target developed by HSI Chicago. CHI
    21/06/2013 - Last known vendors pages backup taken from Silk Road before the server migration (archive available in the download section). F
    05/07/2013 - "KingOfClubs" confirms to shefoundme that he sent the fraudulent documents. NY
    08/07/2013 - DPR asks “someone” for fake ID. NY
    10/07/2013 - U.S Custom and Border Protection intercepted a package from Canada as part of a routine border search. The package contained nine counterfeit identification documents. All with different name but with the photograph of the same person, Ross Ulbricht. NY
    11/07/2013 - Cirrus registers an account on the forum and becomes global moderator. F
    11/07/2013 - HSI Baltimore meet up with Mark Karpeles lawyers. At the meeting Silk Road is brought up and Karpeles offered to give the person, he thought was running Silk Road, in exchange of immunity from the other charges pending against him.
    18/07/2013 - KingofClubs provided shefoundme with the USPS tracking number as the package didn't arrive yet. The check on USPS website indicated that the package was “inbound out of customs on the 10th,” the date on which the counterfeit identification documents were seized by CBP. NY
    22/07/2013 - In an unrelated case, the FBI obtained a copy of a computer server located in France via a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty request to France, which contained data and information from the Tormail email server, including the content of Tormail e-mail accounts. M
    22/07/2013 - Several users complain about .onion anonymous hidden service being down or unreachable via the Tor network. M
    22/07/2013 - French hosting provider OVH is victim of an "advanced" security incident which allowed the attacker(s) to access their European customers database. M
    23/07/2013 - Silk Road Server, 193.107.86.49, forensically imaged by Law Enforcement. NY
    25/07/2013 - StExo archives Silk Road vendor pages. F
    26/07/2013 - Homeland Security Investigations interview Ross Ulbricht about the intercepted package containing fake IDs. NY
    27/07/2013 - User East India Traitor registers an account on the forum. F
    2X/07/2013 - Chicago HSI Agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan takes over the account of Silk Road staff member Cirrus. CHI
    29/07/2013 - The Reykjavik Metropolitan Police (RMP) shares the results of the Silk Road server image with the FBI. NY
    29/07/2013 - French hosting provider OVH changes its TOS and bans the use of anonymity tools like Tor on their dedicated servers due to an increase of legal requisitions including but not limited to peadopornography. M
    29/07/2013 - US authorities issued an extradition warrant for Eric Eoin Marques. He is charged with distributing, conspiring to distribute, and advertising child pornography. M
    31/07/2013 - Arrest of Steve Lloyd Sadler aka Silk Road vendor nod. Criminal complain available here. Nod appeared to have been featured in the TV show "Drug Inc S04E08 - Wasted in Seatle". M
    01/08/2013 - Arrest of Eric Eoin Marques., alleged administrator of Freedom Hosting. M
    01/08/2013 - Nob as DEA agent (FORCE) memorialized "Kevin", a corrupt Department of Justice case agent on the government's Silk Road investigation and simultaneously on Nob's payroll, as a cover story in a DEA-6. SF
    03/08/2013 - Freedom Hosting sites display an error message and malicious Java Script code is discovered reporting to a unknown IP address in Virginia. M
    04/08/2013 - Freedom Hosting Hidden Service shut down M
    04/08/2013 - DPR pays Nob 525 bitcoins ($50,000) for "Kevin's" inside law enforcement information. SF
    05/08/2013 - ~shabang~ last active on Silk Road forum. F
    16/08/2013 - DPR grants administrative rights over the Wiki to Cirrus. CHI
    22/08/2013 - DPR seems to have changed PGP software as the version doesn't appear anymore. F
    26/08/2013 - "French Maid" writes to DPR: "I have received important information that you need to know asap. Please provide me with your public key for PGP. Carl". Few hours later French Maid writes to DPR "I am sorry about that. My name is Carla Sophia and I have many boyfriends and girlfriends on the market place. DPR will want to hear what I have to say xoxoxo". SF
    09/09/2013 - FBI obtains 2 warrants to search the content of servers maintained on behalf of JTAN.com by Windstream Communications Conshohocken Data Center (Pennsylvania). The search and seizure warrants are issued by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to search the content of servers assigned IP address 207.106.6.25 and 207.106.6.X. The IP addresses appear to be a Silk Road back up server and was discovered following the forensic analysis of the Silk Road image taken in July 2013. NY
    10/09/2013 - HSI Agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan is being told for the first time the name Ross Ulbricht, by Internal Revenue Service agent Gary Alford, as a suspect in the Silk Road investigation. CHI
    12/09/2013 - Plea agreement between the prosecutor and Curtis Clark Green. M
    12/09/2013 - Got a tip from oldamsterdam that supertrips has been busted. contacted alpacino to confirm. DJ
    13/09/2013 - The FBI admits being behind the malicious Java Script code that was served on Freedom Hosting and having taken over the servers. M
    13/09/2013 - french maid claims that mark karpeles had given my name to DHLS. I offered him $100K for the name. DJ
    13/09/2013 - PGP encrypted message between DPR and French Maid including the subject line "Hope you like." SF
    15/09/2013 - DPR makes a payment of 770 bitcoin to "French Maid" (worth approximately $98,000). SF
    16/09/2013 - Curtis Clark Green case is terminated and flagged as CLOSED (screenshot). M
    1X/09/2013 - FBI applied and obtained an Order directing Comcast to install a trap and trace device and a pen register to determine the destination IP addresses of any communication originating from several IP addresses allegedly used by Ross Ulbricht, as well as the date, time, duration and port of transmission of such communications. NY
    19/09/2013 - red pinged me and asked for meeting tomorrow. DJ
    19/09/2013 - red got in a jam and needed $500k to get out. ultimately he convinced me to give it to him, but I got his ID first and had cimon send harry, his new soldier of fortune, to vancouver to get $800k in cash to cover it. red has been mainly out of communication, but i haven't lost hope. DJ
    20/09/2013 - Atlantis shut down. DJ
    25/09/2013 - was messaged by one of their team who said they shut down because of an FBI doc leaked to them detailing vulnerabilities in Tor. DJ
    27/09/2013 - FORCE learns that DPR is about to be apprehended as part of the separate New York investigation into the Silk Road. In response to learning this information, FORCE wrote to the prosecutor with whom he was working inquiring as to the true name and identifying information of DPR. FORCE is not provided with that information in response to his inquiry. SF
    27/09/2013 - Nob (FORCE) deposits the 525 bitcoins paid by DPR for "Kevin's" inside law enforcement information to his own personal account at CampBX. SF
    30/09/2013 - HSI agent Der-Yeghiayan arrives in San Francisco in preparation of Ross Ulbricht arrest. CHI
    XX/10/2013 - Contents of server housing private key used to control the Silk Road .onion address (62.75.246.20, the document contains a typo) is imaged by the Republic of France pursuant to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaety request. NY
    02/10/2013 - Screenshot of Cirrus computer taken by LE while chatting with DPR. NY
    02/10/2013 - Arrest of Dread Pirate Roberts. M
    02/10/2013 - FORCE attempts to create an account with Bitstamp using identification documents in the name of his DEA-issued undercover identity (Nob). Bitstamp's verification process rejected these documents as not genuine. FORCE there after provided Bitstamp with his own personal identification documents. SF
    03/10/2013 - Bitcoin talk is hacked again, apparently because of a backdoor from the 2011 hack (screenshot). M
    03/10/2013 - grahamgreene last active on Silk Road forum. M
    06/11/2013 - Silk Road 2.0 launched. M
    07/11/2013 - Curtis Clark Green pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges (screenshot). M
    09/11/2013 - FORCE makes his first withdrawal request from Bitstamp for approximately $34,000 worth of bitcoins. SF
    21/11/2013 - A federal judge rejected the bail application of Ross Ulbricht. The alleged DPR is also accused of having ordered four more murders-for-hire than have previously been known. M
    20/12/2013 - Alleged girlfriend of a moderator/administrator of Silk Road posted a message on Reddit saying her boyfriend just got arrested. M
    20/12/2013 - Silk Road 2.0 administrators and forum moderator, Inigo, Libertas and samesamebutdifferent arrested in US, Ireland and Australia. They are charged for narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering. M
    20/12/2013 - A post from Dread Pirate Roberts on the "journalist" subforum of Silk Road reveals Inigo, Libertas and samesamebutdifferent (SSBD) have provided their real identity upon requet of the original DPR before taking their administrators position. The post also seems to confirm SSBD was also a Silk Road 2 administrator under the name Synergy. F
    20/12/2013 - DPR says to his staff that he has "no reason to be offline for any period greater than 24 hours" and that "If such time elapses (24 hours)" where he doesn't appear online everything associated with him should be considered compromised. F
    20/12/2013 - News report Ulbricht's lawyer, Joshua Dratel, has been discussing a possible plea deal with prosecutor. M
    21/12/2013 - Following the recent arrests, Silk Road moderator Sarge is quiting as he doesn't "wish to be a person of interest any longer" (screenshot). F
    22/12/2013 - Forum moderator Cirrus warns Silk Road users DPR account might be compromised (screenshot). F
    22/12/2013 - Administrator Defcon invokes a contingency plan and takes over as a "temporary leader" of Silk Road (screenshot). F
    23/12/2013 - Defcon posts a message on the forum saying he is "confident that no security breach has occurred on the marketplace", but will however go through a clean up (screenshot). F
    23/12/2013 - V and DoctorClu are appointed global moderators of the forum (screenshot 1 and screenshot 2). F
    23/12/2013 - Silk Road marketplace closes for the Christmas period few hours after the expected time (screenshot). F
    28/12/2013 - Forum member Tang joins the moderators team as "Newbie Guide" and a long time forum member joins the Silk Road staff under the alias Stealth. F
    28/12/2013 - Silk Road marketplace reopens after the Christmas break. F
    21/01/2014 - In a criminal complaint against Sean Roberson, the FBI admits having "obtained a copy of a computer server located in France via a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty request to France, which contained data and information from the Tormail email server, including the content of Tormail e-mail accounts". M
    22/01/2014 - The FBI cancelled a conference titled "Feedback on the Silk Road operation" undertaken in cooperation with the French Central Office for the fight against Crime linked to Information and Communication Technologies (OCLCTIC) (screenshot) M
    07/02/2014 - All Bitcoin withdrawals halted by Mt.Gox “to obtain a clear technical view of the currency processes". The issue would be due to transaction malleability M
    07/02/2014 - Ulbricht pleaded “not guilty” in a Manhattan court to all charges that he created and managed the Silk Road. M
    13/02/2014 - Silk Road hacked and around 4474 BTC are stolen from Silk Road bitcoin wallet (~$2.7 Million at the date of theft). The theft was allegedly made possible by exploiting transaction malleability. M
    18/02/2014 - Federal prosecutors asked a United States magistrate in federal court in Philadelphia to unseal the JTAN search warrant so authorities could begin providing Ulbricht’s lawyer with information to begin planning a legal defense. M
    09/03/2014 - Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles’ blog is defaced and an anonymised data dump of Mt.Gox's customers transactions, transfer and balance is uploaded. M
    01/04/2014 - Ulbricht's Defense lawyer Joshua Dratel asked the court to dismiss all four charges in Ulbricht’s New York indictment, including a money laundering charge that he says doesn’t apply because the currency used for the alleged crime — Bitcoin — does not qualify as a “money instrument” under the law. M
    24/04/2014 - Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp, inquires why FORCE accessed his account through TOR and FORCE responded via the support ticket: "I utilize TOR for privacy. Don't particularly want NSA looking over my shoulder ", resulting in FORCE account beeing frozen. SF
    29/04/2014 - Bitstamp's General Counsel advises BRIDGES by telephone that Bitstamp suspects FORCE of wrongdoing. SF
    01/05/2014 - Bitstamp formally brings to the attention of law enforcement via a Bank Secrecy Act filing its suspicion of FORCE activity. SF
    02/05/2014 - FORCE emailed Bitstamp to request that they delete all transaction history associated with his account. SF
    02/05/2014 - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California opens an official investigation into FORCE concerning his activities with his Bitstamp account and bitcoin holdings. SF
    04/05/2014 - Carl Mark FORCE IV resigns from DEA. SF

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