Man Got Life Time in Prison For Making a Website? What Really Happened

Man Got Life Time in Prison For Making a Website? What Really Happened

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all your online accounts secure! They say that if you look hard enough, you
can find just about anything you want on the internet- and if it’s not on the internet,
then it’s probably either on the dark web or the deep web. This was where savvy internet users could
access the now infamous Silk Road internet marketplace- described as the eBay of vice,
Silk Road connected buyers and sellers who were interested in exchanging everything from
weapons to drugs, and quite a few things in between. But just what was the most notorious internet
site of all time really about? Hello and welcome to another episode of The
Infographics Show- today we’re taking a look at the rise and fall of the Darkweb’s Silk
Road. The ‘deep web’ is made up of all the internet
sites not indexed by search engines, with estimates saying that this deep web is actually
many times larger than the ‘real’ internet. It’s not exactly hidden, but if you are a
normal internet user you simply can’t find it because your search engines don’t know
how to- it’s kind of like having a map with only one destination on it, you can’t see
all the branches and forks in the road that lead to other destinations because they aren’t
written on your map. Lurking below even this deep web though is
the infamous dark web, a place where you need special software to actually access. These websites notoriously tend to operate
outside of the law, and are the home of many of the digital horror stories we sometimes
see come to light. Few dark web websites though were as well
known or infamous as Silk Road. A digital marketplace, Silk Road connected
buyers and sellers who used Bitcoin to exchange goods and services which were almost overwhelmingly
illegal. To access this hidden marketplace a user needed
a client such as Tor onion network- a software program ironically developed by the US navy
that enables online anonymity. But what was the Silk Road really about? Silk Road was developed by Ross ‘Dread Pirate
Roberts’ Ulbricht, a young self-described libertarian with a degree in physics from
the University of Texas and a Masters in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. After graduating, Ulbricht became a research
assistant at his alma mater, but after deciding he didn’t want to be a full-time scientist,
he tried to form a number of startups including an online book store. None of these attempts panned out however,
and Ulbricht took his talents to Silicon Valley, hoping to join the digital start-up community. Skeptical of the government’s War on Drugs
and holding strong libertarian views, Ulbricht developed an online marketplace in 2011 which
he named after the historical trade route network that linked Europe to East Asia: the
Silk Road. Ulbricht claimed to have started this marketplace
of vice with a noble purpose, wanting to make the world a better place and “to use economic
theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and aggression among mankind.” A completely unregulated and free market,
Ulbricht wanted to empower users to decide for themselves what they wanted to put into
their bodies, as well as save them the danger of having to deal with shady drug dealers
or falling afoul of the law. The site matched buyers and sellers and even
let users rate each other in order to build trust within this anonymous network. Transactions were to be made with bitcoin,
which while not completely anonymous were a great deal safer than using credit card
transactions to buy illegal drugs with. While originally setting up the site Ulbricht
claims that he wanted to restrict content to what he considered ‘victimless crimes’-
though try telling a heartbroken family just how victimless a crime it is to enable a serious
and destructive drug habit. Listings to child pornography, stolen credit
cards, assassinations, and weapons of mass destruction were banned, and a survey in 2013
showed that 70% of all listings were indeed for drugs. As the site grew in popularity and began generation
more cash however, Ulbricht- as so often is the case for self-described idealists- began
to relax the policies he set in place and weapons began to be sold on the website. Claiming that this choice was brought on by
increasing regulations on firearm purchases which clashed with his idealistic libertarian
views, Ulbricht offered no explanation for why other contraband products also began to
grow, to include the sale of child pornography. Perhaps Silk Road had grown too big for Ulbricht,
or perhaps the millions in cash he was earning spoke louder than his stated principles. It might seem nuts to buy your drugs online
and have them mailed to your house, but Silk Road provided a level of anonymity which protected
its users for years, even as the FBI launched a full-scale investigation. Buyers and vendors could rate each other based
on quality, reliability,and price, which helped spark confidence from other users. Orders were nearly always fulfilled, with
the exception of the rare cases where the authorities intercepted a shipment, and even
if intercepted, the recipients could simply feign ignorance as to why this package of
drugs, guns, or child porn was being delivered to them. With no digital link to the site, no law enforcement
could produce charges against a customer for simply receiving a package in the mail. Over $1 billion dollars flowed through Silk
Road during its lifetime, and Ulbricht would go on to make an estimated $28 million dollars
by the time he was arrested. Authorities were aware of Silk Road within
just months of its launch, but a focused investigation would take over two years to uncover Ulbricht’s
real identity. Law enforcement had to try and infiltrate
the network, then slowly track down suppliers and administrators on a one-by-one basis. Unfortunately for law enforcement, none of
Silk Road’s admins had ever learned Ulbricht’s real name. However over time, the FBI gradually flipped
Ulbricht’s closest associates and drew nearer to their quarry. Ironically for a man who created an entire
online marketplace that sold illegal goods and depended on complete anonymity and secrecy,
Ulbricht himself would not be discovered by a flipped informant, but by his own digital
carelessness. A simple google search of Ulbricht’s handle:
Dread Pirate Roberts, revealed a connection to another alias called ‘altoid’ that had
been an early promoter of Silk Road on another drug forum. That alias was then traced to a bitcoin forum
where Ulbricht had long ago posted his personal email address. Not exactly a pro move on Ulbricht’s behalf. Though Ulbricht long professed his hopes to
use Silk Road to make the world a better place and help people by letting them avoid dealing
with dangerous drug dealers, Ulbricht’s hypocrisy was revealed in the final stages of the investigation
against him. During the FBI’s investigation, they revealed
the identity of a Curtis Green, a middle-aged father of two who worked as a seller and moderator
on the site. Arrested by the FBI, Ulbricht feared that
Green would become an informant, and without hesitation this libertarian idealist who just
wanted to help people immediately contacted another associate and asked him to kill Green
for him. This associate, known as ‘Nob’, turned out
to be a DEA agent who had infiltrated Silk Road, and using the opportunity to get closer
to Ulbricht, Nob staged a killing of Curtis Green after receiving a sum of $40,000. After the faked assassination Ulbricht expressed
remorse, but said that it had been necessary. If Ulbricht hoped to convince anyone of his
doe-eyed innocent pragmatism however it wouldn’t work, as evidence later revealed that Ulbricht
had attempted numerous times to hire assassins to kill others on his behalf- once even trying
to hire a member of the Hell’s Angels to kill a Silk Road user that was blackmailing Ulbricht
by launching a denial of service attack against Silk Road. Ulbricht would ultimately be exposed as another
greedy fraud, his lofty morals and ideals immediately disregarded the moment profits
started being generated, even going so far as trying to murder people to protect his
profits. A US court would go on to hand Ulbricht double
life sentences with no possibility of parole for his role in one of the largest drug trades
the world has ever seen, with charges of money laundering, computer hacking, and drug trafficking. Ross Ulbricht claimed to want to help people
and make the world a better place, but ultimately all he did was allow criminal enterprises
actively hurting and killing people to easily launder millions of dollars in cash, enable
self-destructive addicts around the world to continue their terrible addictions, enable
the victimization and exploitation of children to be used as sex slaves in online videos,
and put guns in the hands of criminals. Claiming to foster libertarian values and
protesting what he considered government overreach, Ulbricht ultimately would be exposed as a
fraud, interested in nothing more than keeping the power he had earned and all the money
that came with it- no matter who got hurt, or who he had to kill to do it. The Dark Web can be a scary place, and not
one that most people know how to access. But ask yourself, do you know if your personal
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100 thoughts on “Man Got Life Time in Prison For Making a Website? What Really Happened

  1. Why whould someone be selling my personal information in the dark web?
    I have no friends and im not rich soo im gonna pass it

  2. this story is actually wrong. What you hear from 6:20 on is blatantly false and disregard the real facts at hand.

  3. 440 thousand people now think Ulbricht was allowing cp to be sold on his site. no that wasn't the case and also the murders he should hired were never proofen, thats ridiculous how are you so missinformed about the topic you're making a 10 min video on

  4. He did a lot of bad but I kinda agree with his initial intentions of free enterprise and decision making, thatโ€™s true freedom really, he just kinda got corrupt as the money went up. But

  5. Just pretend I said something funny and like this comment, Iโ€™m too lazy to make joke

  6. I don't want to know but he said they got soft ware for dark web? Like do you go to staples and ask for dark web software?

  7. Unfortunately, the government will go to any length to assert its authority over the serfs. It's the reason behind the War on Drugs, gun control, etc.

  8. Not true because the so called deep web is mostly the a old version of the internet that was banned from Google from lacking certification and these deep web developer just modify web browser to display obsolete format.

  9. โ–‘โ–’โ–“โ–ˆโ–‡โ–†โ–…โ–„โ–ƒโ–‚Gousโ–‚โ–ƒโ–„โ–…โ–†โ–‡โ–ˆโ–“โ–’โ–‘ says:

    The last things about what happened because the site exists.
    It will with or without it, no matter how you turn it.

  10. This guy ross made 28 million dollars got two life sentences and know they are petitioning to get him freed no i dont think so unless he gives me some of the 28 million dollars i aint putting my name on no petition

  11. I honestly don't think he was that bad of a person, all he did was create a platform that let people buy/sell anything, which happens either way, whether or not you can agree with what is being sold, it will be sold one way or another, and that's just how life goes.

  12. WAIT THE VIDEO TIME IS 911 THE POLICE HAVE TAKEN OVER ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  13. The Dark Web is actually many times smaller than the surface Web as fewer people use it and most of the sites are dead.

  14. ๐š†๐šŽ ๐š•๐š’๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š›๐š˜๐šž๐š—๐š ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐š‘๐š˜๐š  ๐š–๐šŠ๐š—๐šข ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š๐šž๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šข ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ. ๐™น๐šž๐šœ๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐šข ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ๐š .

  15. I miss the 70's . Back when it was safe to get on the school bus with a 12 gauge shotgun partly concealed under your jacket.
    Don't try that now , You WILL be labeled a terrorist. Can you even believe People actually once used guns primarily to hunt for food. And they where NOT scary or criminalized.
    Also Every one was buying or selling drugs , and a HIT MAN was simply something you asked your friend for when They lit up a doobie. "Hey…Can I get a HIT MAN" .

  16. There is even a deeper web than dark web, it's called The Abyss and it requires special computer, OS and web browser to access, from The Abyss you can buy anything even nuclear weapons, but getting access there is hard because only i sell these means to access it and i select my customers very carefully and sent hitman to eliminate anyone who breaks the terms and conditions of using The Abyss.

  17. You are conflating two terms Deep Web and Dark web, they are too different things. the deep web is personal are company intranets that is not public the dark web is a network of websites hosted on the tor network…..

  18. I used to buy drugs from SR. It took cops showing up at my place to stop. Sadly, I tossed out a hdd which also had BTC information on it.

  19. Silk Road has been out for 10 years longer than bitcoin. Not sure how you think bitcoin was used as the main currency on the Silk Road.

  20. I thought this was educational until the sales pitch. I will not host my cc numbers but thank you. I gave them up a long time ago.

  21. I might be wrong, but I think this guy was a libertarian? Something something libertarian. libertarian. Something libertarian values are fake cause this guy was a hypocrite. I always knew!

  22. It just makes me tempted I donโ€™t know why I want to go on the ๐™™๐™–๐™ง๐™  ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™— or what I would do but yeah… Iโ€™m really tempted.

  23. 1) Killing someone who tries to snitch on you for a victimless "crime" is self-defense
    2) Ross Ulbricht was never convicted of hiring hit men. If there were actual proof he would have been prosecuted for that.

    Shame on you.

  24. It's 2019. Drug dealers are not responsible for addicts dying or overdosing anymore. Everyone knows drugs are bad, no secret anymore.

  25. So much misinformation in one video. Starting with your claim that Silk Road sold guns. It did not.
    But what should I expect when in another video ("The Wealthy Elite That Owns the Entire World in 2019") you make it sound like Bhutan is a utopia.
    Bhutan is a brutal dictatorship.
    Google "human rights in Bhutan."

  26. You are misinforming people. You suggest Albrick is a criminal when all he did was run a service.

    People have used Amazon's network to send illegal stuff and at least one location was linked to human trafficking.

    When are you going to do a video about how Bezos needs to go to prison?

    You are also lying about the charges against him and the government didn't prove anything you are asserting.

    Do you work for the CIA or FBI?

  27. I've been on the dark web. There's nothing there for me. I don't even give it a second thought now…. TOR is ridiculous. The sites it enables are ridiculous… Take my advice – don't bother.

  28. When silk road first became popular I remember bitcoin being less than 20 usd and I had like 40 and cashed them out before 2013

  29. Lol his story is like the plot of scarface/godfather for nerds.

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