The hidden .onion site known as Silk Road 2 was taken down today by international law enforcement agencies from The United States and Europe. The operator, 26 year old Blake Benthall was arrested in San Francisco. He has been charged with drug trafficking, conspiracy, money laundering, hacking, aiding in fraud. The document against him which you can find below claims he sold hundreds of kilograms of drugs of various types all over the world using Bitcoin. Its revenue was $8 million a month when it was shut down.
Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara wrote in a statement to the press:
Let’s be clear – this Silk Road, in whatever form, is the road to prison, Those looking to follow in the footsteps of alleged cybercriminals should understand that we will return as many times as necessary to shut down noxious online criminal bazaars. We don’t get tired.
Silkroads staff was infiltrated with one or more under cover agents before the site was even online. In November the FBi found the foreign server that hosted the website despite it being a Tor based host. They were able to obtain information from the server provider to identify Benthall.