01 May '13, 10am

Silk Road

Silk Road

At 6am this morning, I got an email from one of my sleazier contacts. It simply said "looks like Silk Road has collapsed". I fired the Tor browser you need to connect to the site and, indeed, it wasn't there. At the time of writing, it's still not back up. A look around on assorted forums linked to Silk Road finds lots of panic and not many hard facts. What's clear is that the site has been crippled by a series of denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which involve flooding the site with traffic. The website posted on Saturday that it had received an email from someone, who goes by the handle "Lance G", threatening to crash the site unless it fronted the surprisingly small amount of $5000. An administrator of Silk Road confirmed on its forums that the attacks were the work of an individual who had been trying to blackmail the organisation. Other theories have circulated, inclu...

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