Silk Road Is Back

The anonymous digital black marketplace relaunched yesterday.

1. Silk Road 2.0 is up and running.

After being seized by the FBI in October this year, the dark web’s most prolific illegal drug market relaunched at 4.20pm GMT yesterday.

The site’s new owner will remain anonymous, but is using the same “Dread Pirate Roberts” alias that Ross Ulbricht, its former operator who was arrested in October, used.

2. He started tweeting before yesterday’s relaunch.

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

Dread Pirate Roberts is back on Twitter. Deja vu.

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Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

@nc2y Following the bust and the rise of a new market, this could be an interesting few months ahead.

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Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

@BinghamInfo Thank you for the support. I think too many people view us as typical dealers, not realizing I would hold vendors (1/2)

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@BinghamInfo should they ever lie to customers/put others in danger as I take the integrity and quality of my vendors very seriously (2/2)

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

@BinghamInfo should they ever lie to customers/put others in danger as I take the integrity and quality of my vendors very seriously (2/2)

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Connections flying in at over 500 per second

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

Connections flying in at over 500 per second

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Give us 5 minutes. Any traffic figure I give you is outdated in 30 seconds and dwarfed.

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

Give us 5 minutes. Any traffic figure I give you is outdated in 30 seconds and dwarfed.

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9. And continued once the site had launched.

#SilkRoad is back up. Deja vu anyone? #weriseagain

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

#SilkRoad is back up. Deja vu anyone? #weriseagain

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Over 1,100 per second now coming to #SilkRoad. Little tweaks and we're flying.

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

Over 1,100 per second now coming to #SilkRoad. Little tweaks and we’re flying.

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#SilkRoad while under my watch will never harm a soul. If we did, then we are no better than the thugs on the street.

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

#SilkRoad while under my watch will never harm a soul. If we did, then we are no better than the thugs on the street.

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7,000 people have registered so far and no sign of slowing down. 7,000 more voices who add to the call of freedom.

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

7,000 people have registered so far and no sign of slowing down. 7,000 more voices who add to the call of freedom.

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@YourAnonCentral For freedom. This is bigger than drugs or technology - this is taking back our rights.

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

@YourAnonCentral For freedom. This is bigger than drugs or technology - this is taking back our rights.

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15. He also showed a great sense of humour.

Somebody tell Bieber to stop with the low grade drugs and visit #SilkRoad - I'll give him a voucher.

— Dread Pirate Roberts (@DreadPirateSR)

Dread Pirate Roberts

@DreadPirateSR

Somebody tell Bieber to stop with the low grade drugs and visit #SilkRoad - I’ll give him a voucher.

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17. Although the marketplace launched yesterday, its forums have been active since its closure last October.

The new site lists drugs that are for sale in an almost identical format to its predecessor. It is expected to start listing other illegal products once it has been up and running for a while.

New users cannot sign up unless they’re invited by existing members.

For more information, read @DreadPirateSR’s interview with Mashable.

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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