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FBI Shuts Down Silk Road, The Internet's Largest Black Market Network

Owner arrested in San Francisco and accused of computer hacking, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and hiring a contract killer. In an operation that's been going on since November 2011, undercover agents have made over 100 purchases of controlled substances.

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Yesterday evening the FBI arrested Ross William Ulbricht, the owner and proprietor of the internet black market network Silk Road, seizing the site's domain and confiscating $3.6 million in Bitcoin.

Federal prosecutors have charged Ulbricht with counts of, computer hacking conspiracy, narcotics trafficking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, according to a court filing, which has been obtained by security blogger Brian Krebs.

Here are just some of the remarkable findings in the complaint, so far:

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