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The feds may have some explaining to do, according to new court documents released this week by the US government in its case against the suspected ringleader of the Silk Road online black market and drug bazaar.
Ross Ulbricht, the man arrested last month on suspicion of running the Silk Path, an online black market that sold everything from drugs and weapons to computer hackers and hitmen for hire, has been refused bail by a federal judge.
The decision came after federal prosecutors unloaded a slew of new evidence supporting their claims that Ulbricht was the notorious Silk Road administrator known as the “Dread Pirate Roberts” (DPR) and that he was a serious flight risk. To add insult to injury, the government now says Ulbricht orchestrated and paid for a murder-for-hire scheme that targeted six people (until today, Ulbricht was accused of plotting just two of these executions).
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Think again if you think your bitcoins can’t be tracked back to you. Bitcoins, like currency, are not linked to a person’s identity. Unlike cash, however, a detailed public ledger known as the blockchain keeps track of each wallet through which bitcoin passes. This case demonstrated that what law enforcement has to do is track down the wallets on both sides of a transaction. Prosecutors found it reasonably easy to trace Silk Road profits as they were moved from wallets used by the online market to wallets on Ulbricht’s laptop in the case of Silk Road. To conceal the origin and destination of bitcoins, Silk Road provided a service called a tumbler, which routed bitcoins through many intermediary wallets. Ulbricht didn’t use the tumbler, or if he did, it was ineffective.
Too much noise. Thousands of pages of chat logs assisted prosecutors in tracing Silk Road’s progress. Internal correspondence was mainly done using TorChat, a free piece of software. It establishes an encrypted communication channel between two parties, obfuscating their link with the Tor network. Despite the fact that TorChat promises encrypted messaging, Ulbricht preferred to save the logs in plain text on his machine, resulting in a trove of communications with Silk Road administrators. The prosecution cited logs in which the laptop user described himself as Dread Pirate Roberts in example after example. The logging feature in TorChat must be allowed for chats to be saved in log files. It’s unclear why Ulbricht chose this route. Perhaps he assumed that because the chats were stored on an encrypted hard drive, law enforcement officers would never see them.
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Judge Lorna Schofield of the Manhattan federal court immediately called the filing moot, citing the fact that one of Ulbricht’s former attorneys — the ones he believes did a terrible job — has yet to file paperwork officially withdrawing from the case.
The judge gave Ulbricht, who ran the infamous black-market website under the moniker “Dread Pirate Roberts,” until Sept. 6 to refile his appeal to have his June 2015 sentence overturned.
In February 2015, a jury found the 35-year-old guilty of various charges related to the operation of a dark net platform that allowed users to buy and sell methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and other illegal products using bitcoin.
Ulbricht had previously attempted to appeal to the Second Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, but was unsuccessful in both attempts. USP Tuscon, Arizona’s maximum security prison, is where he is currently serving his sentence.
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Ulbricht says, “This is the first time I’ve been arrested.” Really, no DUIs [driving under the influence, i.e. when intoxicated], no college shenanigans? “No way.” He tells me flatly that he spends 20 to 22 hours a day alone in his cell, with just a crack in the pod door and a distorted window to the outside. He is allowed to go outside for showers or to the yard with guards, but not with other inmates. Via the walls, he can hear other inmates conversing, but he hardly adds something. His regular contacts are limited to a few exchanges with guards and one hour of phone time every day with family and friends who have signed up to receive his calls. He eats in his cell and claims that the food isn’t evil. The other inmates in his pod remember him from watching the news on TV, but Ulbricht’s cell has no access to the television.