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Former Feds Busted for Boosting Bitcoins

Ex-DEA, Secret Service agents stole digital currency during Silk Road probe: report

(Newser) - What do you do if you're a federal agent who's part of an undercover operation to bust up a booming black-market drug-dealing website? One thing you don't usually do is skim a goodly portion of said site's digital currency into your pockets, but two former federal... More »

Silk Road Boss Found Guilty

Ross William Ulbricht faces life in prison

(Newser) - Ross William Ulbricht was swiftly convicted today of creating and operating an underground website that prosecutors said enabled drug dealers around the world to reach customers they would never find on the street. The jury's verdict in federal court in Manhattan came after little more than three hours of... More »

What to Expect in 'Dread Pirate Roberts' Trial

Silk Road jurors will hear about murder plots, libertarianism

(Newser) - The trial of alleged Silk Road drug market mastermind Ross Ulbricht begins soon, and it's expected to shine a spotlight on some of the darkest corners of the Internet. Jury selection begins tomorrow for the New York City trial of the 30-year-old, who prosecutors say was the shadowy "... More »

Is the Dread Pirate Roberts Really Ross Ulbricht?

David Segal delves into the case of the alleged Silk Road mastermind

(Newser) - Oct. 1, 2013, brought the news that the FBI had taken down Silk Road, and with it the online drug marketplace's alleged mastermind, "Dread Pirate Roberts"—a man the FBI claims is actually Ross Ulbricht, an "ordinary nerd" who allegedly ordered hits to protect his operation.... More »

FBI Takes Down Silk Road, Alleged Internet Drug Market

'Dread Pirate Roberts' faces a slew of charges

(Newser) - The FBI has pulled the plug at least temporarily on a website accused of serving as a sort of Amazon.com for illegal drugs, reports the Verge . Undercover agents reportedly made dozens of purchases on the Silk Road website since late 2011, and the FBI today announced the arrest of... More »

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