03 Oct '13, 3pm

Silk Road underground drugs market closed – but others will replace it via @guardian

Silk Road, the best-known underground marketplace for the trade of illegal drugs on the internet, has been shut down leaving a large hole in the internet's underworld. Described by FBI special agent Christopher Tarbell as "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the internet today", Silk Road acted like an eBay for the trade of illegal substances. It operated as a "hidden" site, which was only accessible to people using the sophisticated anonymous browsing service known as Tor. Operated by a network of volunteers, Tor provides encryption and identity protection, allowing users to avoid surveillance and traffic interception as well as circumvent internet censorship. Tor is a favourite of whistleblowers and political activists, including Edward Snowden , due to its privacy protection, while its user base has topped an estimated 1.2 million users. Tor als...

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