The Silk Road ran for 4 years and hosted the exchange of over $1.2billion worth of illegal goods/services before getting shut down in 2015. Ulbricht ran the site from San Francisco, California under the pseudonym
The Dread Pirate was able to keep himself and the site’s users disguised by running the site on Tor browser; an underground virtual network. Tor Browser keeps IP addresses anonymous by bouncing internet traffic among many web servers around the world, making it very difficult to pinpoint any one source.
Ulbricht had a concrete understanding of the tools needed to host a completely anonymous marketplace. The slip-up that led to his imprisonment, however, was rather anticlimactic. Ulbricht posted about his need for an IT professional on a web forum using his real email address.
Today Ross is in a high-security federal prison for male inmates in Colorado:
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