WHAT IS SILK ROAD ?
Silk Road was an online black market and the first modern dark net market, best known as a platform for selling illegal drugs. As part of the dark web, it was operated as a Tor hidden service, such that online users were able to browse it anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring.
If you’ve heard about dark net markets, you have heard about the Silk Road. From the original Silk Road, which was basically the forefather of the current online black market, to the Silk Road 2, and now Silk Road 3.0 and Silk Road Reloaded, the name has become synonymous with buying drugs on the net.
PRODUCTS THAT AVAILABLE ON SILK ROAD
The site had 10,000 products for sale by vendors, 70% of which were drugs here were 13,756 listings for drugs, grouped under the headings stimulants, psychedelics, prescription, precursors, other, opioids, ecstasy, dissociates, cannabis and steroids/PEDs.
Fake driver’s licenses were also offered for sale.stolen credit cards, assassinations, and weapons of any type
Buyers were able to leave reviews of sellers’ products on the site
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The Farmer’s Market
Black Market Reloaded
ACCESSING SILK ROAD
With Tor installed, the Silk Road URL directed new users to a black screen with a prompt for a username and password, as well as the option to sign up. All that was required to sign up for Silk Road was a username, password, and country of origin. “No other information is requested, and the country-location information entered by the user is not subject to any type of verification,” Agent Tarbell wrote.
NAVIGATING THE SITE
Once inside, Silk Road was like an illegal version of Amazon.com. You could shop by category or peruse photos of current inventory. A messages system allowed buyers and sellers to privately discuss their transactions, while community forums provided for more public chats. A wiki included FAQs, while a customer service section presumably provided assistance when that batch of cocaine was a bit late. Product listings, meanwhile, included descriptions, seller information, reviews of previous transactions, and the familiar “add to cart” purchase option.
SILK ROAD ROUTE
The Silk Road is a historically important international trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Because silk comprised a large proportion of trade along this road, in 1877, it was named ‘the Silk Road’ by Ferdinand von Richthofen, an eminent German geographer.