This is a post series on cyber crime. For more posts click here or the cybercrime tag below.
The fact that they are young and inexperienced seems to work against them. They make mistakes. And get caught. The interesting thing is that, like a medieval castle under siege the dark net is most likely to break from the inside. What’s also amazing is that no matter how stupid the last guy was and how big the punishment, there’s always anew idiot ready and willing to step in and be the next guy on the “caught” list. One would think that the possibility of a lifetime relationship with “Bubba” and his friend and strict limitations on computer usage would be a huge deterrent. Apparently not.
A year after the Silk Road 2 came online promising to revive the Dark Web drug trade following its predecessor’s seizure by the FBI, the sequel has suffered the same fate.
On Thursday international law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and Europol took down the Silk Road 2 and arrested its alleged operator 26-year-old Blake Benthall in San Francisco. Benthall, who is accused of running the new Silk Road under the handle “Defcon,” has been charged with narcotics trafficking, as well as conspiracy charges related to money laundering, computer hacking, and trafficking in fraudulent identification documents. The criminal complaint against him alleges that the Silk Road 2 sold hundreds of kilograms of drugs of every description to hundreds of thousands of buyers around the world, with bitcoin-based sales of more than $8 million per month at the time of its seizure.
“Let’s be clear – this Silk Road, in whatever form, is the road to prison,” Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara wrote in a statement to the press. “Those looking to follow in the footsteps of alleged cybercriminals should understand that we will return as many times as necessary to shut down noxious online criminal bazaars. We don’t get tired.”
Benthall appeared in a San Francisco court Thursday morning, where he had a bail hearing scheduled for tomorrow.
The more I look into cybercrime the more I’m convinced that it’s the result of individuals with a little computer knowledge, and ambition to make a lot of money without much work and no morals. These are yon men from good homes who don’t have the entrepreneurial skills or for that matter any skills to make it in the real world. So they start to hang out in the dark spaces of the internet and hating the rest of a society, that to a certain sense I agree with them, doesn’t have a space for them. So they resort to crime. After all, they don’t care about people very much any way, so why not steal, deal drugs or extort money from “users?” Eventually, the real world hits one way or another and if they were smart, they would understand that.