The Silk Road is back: Online marketplace for contraband is booming

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Black market: users can buy drugs and weapons anonymously on the site (Picture: ?) Black market: users can buy drugs and weapons anonymously on the site (Picture: Silk Road)

The underground website Silk Road is back and business is booming – just eight months after the FBI shut the site down.

Silk Road, a ‘darknet’ black market where users can buy contraband including drugs and weapons, was shut down in October 2013 by the FBI, who also arrested Ross Ulbricht, the site’s alleged mastermind.

Dread Pirate Roberts: An artist rendering of alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht at his San Francisco trial (Picture: AP) Dread Pirate Roberts: An artist rendering of alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht at his San Francisco trial (Picture: AP/Vicki Behringer)

However, users took control of the Silk Road domain and the site is now thriving.

Ulbricht, who used the pseudonym ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ during his time allegedly running the Silk Road, has been replaced by a new user who has adopted the moniker as his own.

Seized: the FBI shut down  Silk Road in ? (Picture: ?) Seized: the FBI shut down Silk Road in 2013 (Picture: Silk Road)

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