Despite the giant DEA crosshairs painted on his back and growing signs that the feds are probing the so-called "dark Web" that Silk Road and other black market sites inhabit, Roberts spoke with FORBES in his first-ever extended public interview for a reason: As with physical drug dealing, a turf war has emerged.
The gram of marijuana Forbes bought with bitcoins on the Silk Road black market. Researcher Sarah Meikeljohn was able to identify the purchase by following our bitcoins' path into the Silk Road's accounts.
Amazon, eBay, Wayfair, Overstock and a handful of other Internet retailers operate a continent-wide and very profitable black market in illegally imported faucets in the U.S. and to a lesser extent, in Canada.
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Silk Road was an online black market and the first modern darknet 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.