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About a month ago (October, 2013), notorious Tor and Bitcoin-enabled drug marketplace The Silk Road, was seized and shuttered by American law enforcement.You didn't think that was the end of the story, did you?
Now, yet another anonymous person online has taken up the persona of Dread Pirate Roberts, and created The Silk Road 2.0 (silkroad6ownowfk.onion..., naturally only reachable via a Tor Browser). The new marketplace has not just the same logo and layout, but also many active vendors. While there are a number of other sites that have sprung up in the wake of the original Silk Road, this new one appears to best retain the spirit of its predecessor. (Ars editor Cyrus Farivar has created an account under "cfarivar" for journalistic p
"Over the last 4 weeks, we have implemented a complete security overhaul. This overhaul marks the dawn of a brand new era for hidden services, and it would not have been possible without the patient support of this community. So for waiting patiently; for offering encouragement; for keeping the community spirit alive in Silk Road's temporary absence; for all of this and more, each of you has my deepest and most sincere gratitude.
It took the FBI two and a half years to do what they did. Divide, conquer and eliminate was their strategy… but four weeks of temporary silence is all they got. And as our resilient community bounces back even stronger than ever before, never forget that they can only ever seize assets -- they can never arrest our spirit, our ideas or our passion, unless we let them.
We will not let them."
Hmmmmmm, call me a skeptic, but this reeks of an interpol honeypot sting.....