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The Silk Road: The Rise and Fall of the World's Largest Online Black Market

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Published on Oct 11, 2013

The Silk Road was the largest online black market ever to be created, offering services for drug trade and other illicit goods and services. While it wasn't the first, it did become the most well known black market by combining the anonymity of the Tor network and payment through Bitcoin transactions, with shipments coming to buyers right through the United States Postal Service. All of this came under the nose of state and federal law enforcement until September of 2013, when the FBI arrested the alleged mastermind and creator of the Silk Road.

Follow this documentary of the rise and fall of the Silk Road, the largest online black market ever created. Learn how the FBI were able to eventually find and prosecute Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind of the Silk Road, by using digital forensics and classic 'gumshoe investigation'. This video will also consider the ramifications of the Silk Road, and will examine what might happen next in the world of anonymous online black markets.

All material for this documentary was directly sourced by the FBI affidavit and other online sources, forums, and interviews that were publicly accessible at the time of filming.

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