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Drug Trafficking Website Was Hacked to Arrest Operators

Drug Trafficking Website Was Hacked to Arrest Operators

Added: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
Silk Road website currently displays seizure notice. Theoretically, it is impossible to find a website hosted on the Tor system. This is why there are questions over how the police managed to take it down in the early October.


The industry observers have their own version of how the FBI and CIA tracked down the physical location of the site servers. This one has nothing to do with the individual accused of being the Silk Road’s operator, Ross Ulbricht. Instead, the security experts think that the CIA accessed the website server via Tor, and ran an exploit on it enabling to locate it over the common Internet.

After this, the police got in touch with the company hosting it (most likely in Iceland) and then managed to take an image of the server. In addition, the FBI may also have planted tracking systems on the server enabling them to trace users who logged in to the website. This logic would certainly help to explain how the UK police arrested 4 people on suspicion of supplying controlled substances through this site.

The experts commented on a piece about the initial arrest that the major weakness of the complaint is how the site server was discovered. Their suggestion is that, since it was imaged without being noticed, the FBI (with a warrant) hacked the website sufficient to discover the site’s IP by generating a non-Tor phone-home. After this they contacted the country of the hosting provider which then got the server imaged.

Silk Road’s operator, Ross Ulbricht, faces charges of money laundering, drugs trafficking, computer hacking and even soliciting a murder. His lawyer denied all charges. However, the FBI doesn’t explain how they managed to find him. That is why suspicion is growing that the website servers were quietly hacked and exploited to reveal details about their users.

Thus far, there is still an uncertainty that might not be answered until the FBI brings its full charges to the courtroom. Perhaps, a US agency used an exploit (maybe even a zero-day one) to hack the website server and thus gain access to details about who was accessing the site. This is how they could follow the trail back to its alleged owner and users. However, the police claimed that the takedown was the result of painstaking piece-by-piece detective work. Apparently, this trial will be watched with great interest.

October 29th,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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posted by Turtle (2013-10-29 16:47:44)
No avatarLet's not forget that when the "authorities" are having a hard time with stuff like this, there's a point where it's cheaper and easier to actually use people(informants, under cover agents etc.) to infiltrate and then obtain evidence etc.

I think it's just as possible that they managed to track this stuff down in the real world, rather than the digital one, and then contacted the hosting provider etc. and proceeded to carry out the digital sabotage of the site.

posted by ET lover (2013-10-29 20:32:22)
Brady1210 avatarScary where there is a will there is a way.... Thanks for article SaM

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-10-29 21:28:37)
Embolism avatarThe original report was that DPR (dread Pirate Roberts)used his real email address in some way and that led them back to him,but given the ability of the dirty tricks department and what resources they have it would be just as easy to exploit the server or someone connected with it(piggy in the middle)browser attack or malware etc.They are currently using half a dozen programs for location and tracking as well as exploitation of firefox browser used for Tor.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-10-29 21:35:50)
Embolism avatarPaparouter is Tors answer to the problem of being tracked on Tor. (although no guarantees it will be 100% anonymous against all types of attack in the NSA`s arsenal.

posted by Turtle (2013-11-01 14:53:53)
julio99 avatarThe powers that be did one of 2 things. They used a RAT or they used a Hacker Rat. The difference being the one had skills the didn't, but let's be serious for a second. The powers that be have been going after this for how long? There is usually only one way the cops or whoever can make a case and that is with a RAT giving them a way in. Everytime I have ever gotten in trouble was because of someone's loose lips. Half the time the cops stumble around trying to make a case. In the end it is usually someone that gets squeezed a little and once they start talking they don't stop. With the technology of the day they only need a small crack to get in.

posted by ET junkieET lover (2013-11-03 16:39:16)
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