Friday, December 20, 2013

BREAKING At Least Two Moderators Of 'Silk Road 2.0' Drug Site Forums Arrested

At least two moderators of the Silk Road 2 user forums have been arrested by authorities in the U.S. and Ireland. A source claiming to have inside knowledge of the arrests said that Libertas, a moderator on the Silk Road 2 forums [TOR link], has been arrested by the Irish Police (Garda Siochana) in Wicklow during a raid carried out on Thursday at about 8PM local time, TechCrunch reports.

The FBI allegedly arrested another moderator, Inigo, in Virginia.


Return to this post for more details.


From a Silk Road forum (via TechCrunch)
There has been speculation on the clearnet that several key members of SR2.0 [Silk Road 2] have been arrested in a Worldwide Synchronised Raid. Can anyone confirm if there is any legitimacy to the claims being made. SR2.0 still appears to be up and running. There is talk of them having access to prv messages and mod related areas including BC transfers etc. I don't want to alarm anyone I purely want to open this up for discussion and asses its legitimacy.


Via Reuters:
 Three men were indicted in the United States on Friday in connection with Silk Road, the Internet black-market bazaar in which illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine can be purchased for the digital currency bitcoin.
The indictment, unsealed in New York, charges Andrew Jones, Gary Davis and Peter Nash with conspiracy to engage in narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering.


More from Reuters:
 Jones, 24, and Davis, 25, acted as site administrators for Silk Road, while Nash, 40, was the primary moderator for the website's discussion forums, the indictment said.

Jones was presented before a court in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday after being arrested the day before, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office. Davis was arrested in Ireland and Nash was arrested in Australia, the office said.[...]According to the indictment, the three men were part of Ulbricht's "small support staff" for Silk Road. Salaries for the employees ranged from $50,000 to $75,000 a year, the indictment said.

Jones, who also went by "Inigo," worked for Silk Road from October 2012 through the time the original website was shut down, the indictment said.

Nash, who was also known by names including "Batman73" and "Anonymousasshit," was a moderator since at least January, while Davis, also called "Libertas," acted as an administrator since at least June, the indictment said.

The indictment accuses them of conspiring to violate U.S. narcotics and computer hacking laws. Silk Road, in addition to providing a venue for illegal drug sales, had also enabled the sale of "malicious software" intended for hacking, the indictment said.

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