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Ross William Ulbricht

Silk Road arrest exposes a hidden Internet

Silk Road arrest exposes a hidden Internet

The end came quickly for Silk Road, when federal agents crept in to nab the alleged kingpin of the secret $1.2 billion online drug marketplace as he sat at his laptop in the sci-fi section of a San Francisco public library. Within hours, though, many vendors and customers who said they used the "Deep Web" bazaar were back in action — moving to similar websites like Sheep Marketplace, which advertises marijuana, LSD and a multitude of prescription pills for sale in largely untraceable transactions. The charges against Silk Road's alleged founder in Maryland and New York rank among the highest-profile Internet crime busts, but the success of the site rested on a number...