For Users of 'Silk Road' Drug Site, It's Time to Worry
More arrests have followed that of its alleged founder
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2013 12:41 PM CDT
This frame grab from the Silk Road website shows thumbnails for products allegedly available through the site.   (AP Photo/silkroaddrugs.org)

(Newser) – It's the last thing users of the now-shuttered Silk Road website wanted to hear about: more drug-related arrests. Last week, authorities in San Francisco nabbed the site's alleged leader, Ross Ulbricht. Now it appears that the investigation won't stop there. Eight more alleged drug dealers who used the site—described as a kind of black-market eBay for illicit drugs—have been arrested around the world, reports BuzzFeed. That includes two people in Washington state (one accused of being a top seller), four in Britain, and two in Sweden.

Much about the investigation is unclear, but "what we do know is that Silk Road users are freaking out," writes Adam Clarke Estes at Gizmodo. "On Reddit, there are now numerous different threads going in which clearly rattled former Silk Road users are wondering if the Feds are coming for them next and if they should talk to a lawyer." They probably had a false sense of security because the site was so hard to access and conducted its encrypted transactions in Bitcoins, adds BuzzFeed's John Herman. "But these technological safeguards aren’t really safeguards at all: Buying and selling illegal substances through a service run by the government, it turns out, is more than enough to get you caught."

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 15, 2013 4:09 PM CDT
But the dark lining to the silver cloud is that I heard the FBI can't seem to seize the millions in bitcoins held by the site. Its not like taking a court order to a bank. Its like sending a court order to Beta Niobe I space system.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 15, 2013 4:04 PM CDT
This is from "Liar Liar", "STOP BREAKING THE LAW @SSHOLES."
OrneryPup
Oct 9, 2013 2:02 AM CDT
Sounds like a bunch of fools got caught. Selling drugs online was a gamble at best. They lost. Buy your goods from an old friend. At ease, smoke 'em if ya got 'em.