Silk Road was dubbed as being the “Amazon of the dark web”. Operating on the Onion encryption network (Tor), Silk road conducted all kinds of criminal activity from the ability to hire a hit man, buy drugs, “hire a hacker” among thousands of other things. While the site's activity ran through multi-level encrypted tunnels it was being monitored by the FBI who had a strong idea Texan Ross Ulbricht was operating the website under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts”.
Ulbricht was caught red-handed operating the site on 2nd October 2013 at Glen Park Library by the FBI and was charged with the following crimes. Money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, and attempting to have six people killed. Because Ulbricht was logged into the site at the time the FBI was able to take it down and put up the following message to people who attempted to access it:
Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web tells the story of the site and events leading up the operator's arrest.