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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 on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @07:57PM (#46156917)

    that'll teach him no to make money distributing drugs with out paying taxes or campaign funding, big pharma paid big money for that right

  • 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.

  • by Ralph Wiggam (22354) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @08:19PM (#46157105) Homepage

    If you start with "The fascist US government is afraid of the bitcoin revolution" and work backwards from there- anything is defensible.

  • Re:A website (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ralph Wiggam (22354) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @08:28PM (#46157197) Homepage

    If you run a Nickleback fan forum, and someone posts child porn, you are not responsible for that.

    If you create a web site expressly for anonymous selling, and you're well aware of people selling drugs on it, and taking a cut of those profits, then you are a conspirator to that crime.

  • Re:entrapment (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ralph Wiggam (22354) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @09:11PM (#46157589) Homepage

    The timeline does not support your theory. By the time the feds got involved, Silk Road was already a very popular marketplace. They got access to the servers, and watched the site operate for about 4 months. That's very standard in drug ring cases. It would be stupid to arrest everyone involved the moment you know about it. The goal is to collect a mountain of evidence so that they can charge people with a bunch of crimes and make rock solid cases in court.

  • 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.

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