The First Thing Ever Sold Online Was a Bag of Weed

Online drug sales gained notoriety thanks to the Silk Road market, but the buying and selling of illegal mood-altering substances through computers goes a lot farther back. In fact, the very first online transaction was a drug deal. Read More >>

Silk Road Drug Kingpin Ross Ulbricht Sentenced to Life in Prison

Ross Ulbricht, the California hippie convicted for founding notorious online drug market Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison. Read More >>

The Bizarre Schemes of the Silk Road Investigator Who Broke Bad 

Two former US federal agents affidavit from a fellow officer paints a picture of a 15-year DEA veteran, Carl Mark Force IV, breaking bad in such an over-the-top fashion that it's hard to believe this isn't a twisted TV plot. Read More >>

Police Charged With Stealing Money During Silk Road Investigation

Two US federal agents have been charged for stealing money while working on the investigation into the Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace that was seized in 2013. Read More >>

Drugs or Anarchy? ‘Deep Web’ Documentary Defends the Silk Road 

It took less than four hours for jurors to agree that Ross Ulbricht was the man behind the persona of Silk Road kingpin Dread Pirate Roberts, responsible for running an infamous online drug empire. It takes Deep Web, a new documentary about the Silk Road trial, less than two hours to poke apart the narrative prosecutors used to put Ulbricht behind bars. Read More >>

Why a Silk Road Retrial is Necessary 

It only took a few hours for a jury to convict Ross Ulbricht of running the infamous online drug marketplace Silk Road, so the urge to write off Ulbricht's lawyer's bid for a retrial as a desperate move is understandable. But desperate or not, a retrial is important, and it should be granted. Because the FBI evidence that led to Ulbricht's guilt may not have been collected legally. Read More >>

You Can Bid on Silk Road Boss Ross Ulbricht’s Multi-Million Bitcoin Stash

If you've always wanted to dabble in cryptocurrency speculation but you were just waiting until you could acquire some Bitcoin that you knew was FOR SURE used in digital drug deals, I have some good news for you: the United States Marshals Service is auctioning off 50,000 Bitcoin seized from Ross Ulbricht's personal computer. Read More >>

The Silk Road Trial Set a Dangerous Legal Precedent

The Silk Road trial is over. A jury found Ross Ulbricht guilty on all seven charges, including money laundering, drug trafficking, and the "kingpin" charge. In the eyes of the Federal Court of Manhattan, Ulbricht's identity has been definitively linked to the pseudonymous digital drug bazaar runner Dread Pirate Roberts. He faces life in prison. Read More >>

Ross Ulbricht Found Guilty of Running Silk Road

The Silk Road trial verdict is in: Ross Ulbricht has been found guilty of running the online drug service. A jury found the 30-year-old Californian guilty on all counts, including money laundering, drug trafficking and computer hacking. Read More >>

The Silk Road Trial Lawyers are Fighting Over Emoticons :O

Is there a difference between "Yep" and "Yep :)" when you chat online? Seems like an odd quibble to focus on during the biggest drug trial of the decade, but it's not trivial. The meaning of internet-speak cuts to the heart of the Silk Road trial. Read More >>

Ulbricht Admits to Founding Online Drug Site, Says He’s No Drug Dealer

The first day of the trial of Ross Ulbricht, alleged kingpin behind The Silk Road, is over with just one bombshell revelation: Ulbricht is admitting that he founded the website. But he's denying being the drug-dealing mastermind the feds make him out to be. Read More >>

I Pity the Fool Who Resurrected Silk Road

If there's one thing cops don't like, it's being disrespected. So when some renegade launches a clone of Silk Road, the underground drug marketplace that Feds recently shut down, they're just begging to get arrested. They even made the homepage a spoof of an FBI-seized domain. That's just disrespectful! Read More >>

Bitcoin Seized From Silk Road Is In A Highly Prankable FBI Wallet

Ross Ulbricht's arrest last week included an FBI seizure of about 26,000 Bitcoins. But you can't just stick Bitcoins under your mattress. Even if you're the FBI they have to be in a wallet somewhere. And people know where. Internet denizens found the wallet and have been contributing tiny sums, we're talking 0.00000001 BTC here, so they can leave public notes expressing a range of...feelings. Read More >>

Silk Road Kingpin Apparently Hid a Stash of £50 Million in Bitcoin

Ross Ulbricht, the recently arrested mastermind behind Silk Road, appeared in court today where his lawyer begged for more time before the detention hearing. The judge he didn't "know what you're going to accomplish in the next several days." Maybe move some of his massive stash of hidden Bitcoin? Read More >>