posted on Jun, 1 2016 @ 03:13 PM
For the record, Ross Ulbricht (Dread Pirate Roberts) got caught because he was careless & complacent.
His team of SR admins had been infiltrated by FBI agents. He also had several fake IDs with his real picture but fake names mailed directly to his
residence in San Fran. They intercepted that package of IDs and did what's called a controlled delivery. The story goes that when he was questioned
about the suspicious package he even told the undercover officers that were standing in front of his doorstep that anyone could buy fake IDs from a
place called Silk Road... (careless!).
Then the team of FBI agents that had infiltrated the SR administration orchestrated a murder-for-hire scenario that had a butt load of red flags. I
found it rather suspicious that they used the murder-for-hire charge to bring him down but they never put him on trial for that.
Last but not least, Ross ultimately effed up by breaking one of his own rules. He was sitting on his lap top in San Fran's library with his back to
the room and not to a wall, and when the swat team came in they snuck up on him from behind, snatched his laptop, and took him down. When they looked
at the laptop they saw that he was accessing the SR Admin page. They stuck a hacked thumb drive into his USB and copied everything from his laptop
onto the stick.
Also... A lot of people think the beginning of his demise was when he posted in a programming forum asking for help from anybody that was familiar
with writing scripts for TOR. He posted that under the username Frosty, the same name for his laptop that was confiscated. And a lot of people also
think that the FBI/NSA either bribed or extorted the person in Iceland that was hosting SR on their server.
I was a member on the first SR, and the FBI seized about 2 grand I had in bitcoins.
Just because TOR was developed by the US Navy does not mean that the system is compromised. Just be careful when using TOR, make sure your .onion URLs
are accurate and up to date. The most common way to track the identity of someone using TOR is to use a phishing attempt.
My two cents.