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Silk Road Founder Indicted In New York 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the turns-out-they-have-laws-there-too dept.
An anonymous reader sends this report from Wired: "Federal authorities today announced a Grand Jury indictment against Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder and owner of the underground drug emporium Silk Road. The indictment (PDF), in New York, includes one count for narcotics conspiracy, one count of running a criminal enterprise, one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking and one count of money laundering, according to the indictment. It's the second indictment for the the 29-year-old, who was arrested last October in San Francisco. Ulbricht was previously charged in New York at the time of his arrest, but authorities had until December to obtain an indictment against him based on new evidence seized. They sought an extension of that time and announced the indictment today. Ulbricht had been previously indicted in Maryland on charges of conspiring to have a former administrator of Silk Road murdered in exchange for $80,000."
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Silk Road Founder Indicted In New York

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is up to the attorneys now.

    I'm just a programmer with a bunch of advanced degrees in engineering and I know shit about the law.

    Legal reasoning is beyond 1+1=2. I wish it were that easy but it requires subtleties that aren't taught in engineering school.

    • Legal reasoning is beyond 1+1=2. I wish it were that easy but it requires subtleties that aren't taught in engineering school.

      And the most subtle of all these subtleties is that in the end, the Law is less of a system of rules and more of a pantomime in service to the governing classes. It no longer matters what the Silk Road founder did or did not do. The Law will find a way to satisfy the powers he has offended.

      • by Gryle (933382)
        Blah blah blah the Man's out to keep me down. It's amazing how easily we can justify inaction if we invent a conspiracy to oppress us.
    • Subtle my ass. Silk Road was a den of iniquity.

      Drugs? Assassination? Yeah. No subtleties here.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    One count of doing something illegal, six more counts of doing things we made illegal just to catch people when we didn't find enough evidence.

  • .....fill in the blank with you....eventually.
  • by Any Web Loco (555458) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @08:06PM (#46157007) Homepage
    Seriously /. - fuck you! If I go to slashdot.org you redirect me to beta.slashdot.org. If I go to classic.slashdot.org, you redirect me to beta.slashdot.org. If I log in, you redirect me to beta.slashdot.org.

    I freaking HATE beta.slashdot.org and I resent your pushing me into it! If I log in, and my preferences are set to classic, LET ME HAVE CLASSIC!
    • You're not alone. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @08:15PM (#46157077)

      You're not alone. I see these anti-Slashdot-beta posts so often now. I really hope that the Slashdot brass are seeing them, too, and hopefully realizing how much just about everyone hates this beta site.

      Everything about the beta site is contrary to what typical Slashdot users want and will put up with. It's like it has been specifically designed to alienate as many existing users here as it possibly could. Maybe that would make some business sense, were it not for the fact that it does absolutely nothing to attract any new users.

      While it could be argued that Slashdot has been stagnating, if not declining, for several years now, the beta site going live (if it happens) will surely just accelerate that process, rather than stop or reverse it. There are many of us who will be driven away if the beta site goes live. It truly is that unusable.

      I hope that those in charge at Slashdot are just giving it a two-month trial period. Maybe at the end of February they'll be able to admit that the beta project is an utter failure, and they'll put an end to it. That's really the only viable option. The beta site has no future, regardless of whether it's because it's sensibly killed off by Slashdot management, or whether it's because it goes live and drives away all of the existing users.

      • Re:You're not alone. (Score:4, Interesting)

        by glavenoid (636808) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @09:13PM (#46157607) Journal

        It's like it has been specifically designed to alienate as many existing users here as it possibly could.

        Unless the overlords at Dice are so unfathomably, unbelievably incompetent, this is the only reasonable conclusion that can be drawn which poses another conundrum: without the users the slashdot.org domain has no value whatsoever. Rather than alienate the 15 years or so of slashdot users in an attempt to attract new users, Dice would have been much better off creating something new from scratch.

        It's totally mind-boggling.

        • by glavenoid (636808)

          Oh yea, I forgot to mention: WTF is this shit about? [slashdot.org] Why so many "contributors" and what is their purpose for slashdot? Stumbling upon this reminds me of the Simpsons where Homer discovers a secret plot to move the Springfield Isotopes to Albuquerque and no-one would believe him.

          I'm telling y'all, something nasty is about to happen to /.

          • by Anonymous Coward

            Oh yea, I forgot to mention: WTF is this shit about? [slashdot.org] Why so many "contributors" and what is their purpose for slashdot?

            And where is that "Anonymous Coward" dude in that list? Just because someone uses a pseudonym doesn't mean they don't contribute value.

      • by drinkypoo (153816)

        Maybe they're just trying to help us find something else to do. They're concerned about our welfare, and think we spend too much time on slashdot.

        If they force me into a shitty new interface, that problem will be solved. I won't come back. That is no doubt a feature to many :)

    • I dunno what you're doing wrong, I'm NEVER directed to the beta site.

      • by Frosty Piss (770223) * on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @10:10PM (#46158015)

        You're only directed to the Beta site if you're not logged in.

        One would think that a Slashdot visitor with a half million ID would be smart enough to figure that out.

         

        • Maybe I'm doing it wrong. Use a nice clean fresh browser, no cookies, no history and log into Slashdot. From a clean start (ie not having logged in before, and with no cookies etc) I can't get to classic. Yeah I can add a URL trailer, but really, if my prefs say "Classic" I'm not sure whay, on log on, I don't automatically get that.
        • "You're only directed to the Beta site if you're not logged in."

          Incorrect.

          When logged in, on several occasions, including this afternoon, I have opened-in-new-tab a number of Slashdot articles, and about 1 out of 10 open in the beta site (and logged in at the beta URL, to boot). I can delete the 'beta.' in the URL, and get the classic site.

          I guess I'm not smart enough also?

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      What exactly is so hard about adding /?nobeta=1 to the url? These posts are seriously offtopic and do nothing but derail the conversation. If you aren't smart enough to figure out how to Slashdot, GTFO.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        No, it's not hard to add. But it often doesn't work! I'll add it, and yet usually still remain stuck on the beta site.

        Besides, it's naive to think that it'll remain available if the beta site does go live at some point. Not that it does much good now, mind you, given how fucking broken it apparently is!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      http://slashdot.org/?nobeta=1

    • by Anonymous Coward

      ?no_beta=1

  • by ebno-10db (1459097) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @08:06PM (#46157009)

    Maybe Hans Reiser can give him the name of his attorney.

    • Maybe Hans Reiser can give him the name of his attorney.

      There were MANY here who claimed Reiser was innocent, and many who saw his guilt were modded into oblivion. By original sub 100,000 ID became so heavily loaded with Bad Karma for pointing out Reiser's bullshit, I had to walk away from it.

      But what do you know? Reiser plead guilty and led them to the body.

      Next up, these idiots would post as Anon Cowards about how Nina Reiser had brought it on herself...

      ----

      You folks do understand that beyond the discussion about the silly "War On Drugs", this guy Ulbricht tr

      • by ultranova (717540)

        There were MANY here who claimed Reiser was innocent, and many who saw his guilt were modded into oblivion.

        As well as they should been, along with those who claimed innocence. No one "saw" anything, except perhaps in a crystal ball; people were making wild guesses based on incomplete second-hand information, and then attributing calling a proverbial coin toss correctly on their 3l1t3 sk1llz rather than luck.

        Occam's Razor applies to explaining one's own successes and failures too, not just external events.

        Y

  • one count for narcotics conspiracy, one count of running a criminal enterprise, one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking and one count of money laundering,

  • Seriously? Conspiracy to commit computer hacking? When did hacking become illegal?
  • Ross Ulbricht is arrogant, inexperienced and dumb, and he doesn't have a sufficiently strong moral foundation to operate a large anti-establishment enterprise. When arrested, he was using the Glen Park public library (in his home city of San Francisco, CA USA) WiFi viewing a Silk Road admin page he had titled "mastermind". This event shows his attitude toward himself and his level of caution. He was caught because he slipped-up on identity security, [coindesk.com] realized it, yet took no precautions, like leaving the co
  • by Rob_Bryerton (606093) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @10:20PM (#46158091) Homepage
    From the summary:

    ...includes one count for narcotics conspiracy, one count of running a criminal enterprise, one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking and one count of money laundering,...

    So, from that little snippet, it seems our man is qualified to work at the following government agencies:
    CIA
    FBI
    NSA

    Or, he could just run for congress. Scratch that, it seems he'd be under-qualified.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Them saying they were only investigating for that little amount of time is just plausible deniability for knowing about it and letting it escalate to what it became. Silk Road was around for YEARS. I remember people who even weren't computer savvy talking about it and using it. The only reason anything was done, was from all the complaints being made so now they need to uphold the good guy image. There's far worst nodes on the tor network.. child rape, animal torture / fighting rings, hit men for hire, snuf

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