An online black market that existed on the dark web, now shut down by the FBI.
Silk Road was an online black market that existed on the dark web, which has now been shut down by the FBI. It had accepted Bitcoin for transactions.
The Silk Road was the brainchild of Ross Ulbricht. Created in 2011, it served as a marketplace where customers could order a wide range of illicit goods including fake IDs and drugs.
Customers of the market could often pay with cryptocurrencies.
The marketplace is often renowned as the frontrunner of the illegal narcotics business.
Silk Road is believed to have generated roughly $1.2 billion over the period of two years. It is also believed to have raked in around $80 million worth of commissions.
When the FBI shut down Silk Road in October 2013, 173,991 were seized. But at least 444,000 BTC are believed to be completely missing.
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