Silk Road Online Investigation, Senators Crack Down on Drug Dealing Website
U.S. Senators stated Sunday their plans for having federal agents target Silk Road, an anonymous narcotics operation responsible for selling heroin, meth and cocaine on the Internet.
Silk Road Online, a highly protected digital black market for drug dealing resembles something from a post-modern science fiction novel. Using secure technology and an advanced buyer/user feedback system, this online drug dealing spot makes buying and selling illicit drugs as effortless as purchasing used furniture on craigslist.
After the site launched last February Silk Road Online acquired the nickname, “The Amazon.com of drug dealing.” Although the Internet makes it significantly less stressful to buy everything from a home to choosing the best addiction treatment option, it seems those responsible for web marketing illegal drugs have taken the technology obsession a bit far.
Named Silk Road after an Asian drug trade route, the online operation carries anonymous sales and untraceable money. The web site uses an encryption algorithm to disguise users protecting their anonymity through the unidentified network TOR. Users pay for their drugs with a proprietary form of currency called Bitcoins. Using technology similar to peer to peer file sharing protocol, Bitcoins are purchased with regular currency at other ambiguous sites, and then deposited in a Silk Road cyber currency account.
About 340 items are currently available for purchase at Silk Road Online by anyone at this time. Drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, ecstasy and marijuana are among some of the most popular. Sellers are located across the world, with the majority located in the U.S. and Canada.
Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Charles Schumer of New York made a request on Sunday that the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department shut down and investigate the online drug dealing operation immediately.
“Never before has a website so brazenly peddled illegal drugs online,” Schumer said. “By cracking down on the website immediately, we can help stop these drugs from flooding our streets.”