The Silk Road Online Drug Marketplace by the Numbers

The FBI shut down the online drug marketplace Silk Road on Wednesday morning, just a few hours after agents arrested the site’s alleged administrator, Ross Ulbricht. Until then, Silk Road had relatively quietly become what the FBI itself refers to as “the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet.” In less than three…

Alleged Silk Road Mastermind Was a Dirty Hippie, Best Friend Says

Before a big physics final at the University of Texas at Dallas, two students blew off steam by playing a racquetball match. The students, both male, agreed the loser would wear a dress to the exam. As he recalled, Jaspreet Sidhu defeated his best friend and roommate, Ross Ulbricht, in the match. That was in…

4 Alleged Silk Road Meth Dealers Arrested in U.S.

A federal grand jury in Oregon has charged four Portland-area residents with selling methamphetamine through the defunct online black market Silk Road. Prosecutors say the four — Jason Weld Hagen, 39; Chelsea Leah Reder, 23; Richard Egan Webster, 45; and Donald Ross Bechen, 39 — conspired to sell 17 pounds of meth for a total…

Bitcoin Rumor Mill: Another Mt. Gox Hack

Bitcoin Exchange company the Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles attends at a news conference on Feb. 28, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Image: The Asahi Shimbun Keeping up with the latest Bitcoin drama can be a time-consuming proposition. The cryptocurrency world has been riddled with considerable disarray since the collapse of the former most popular Bitcoin…

California Prisons Illegally Sterilized Dozens Of Women

The women were surgically sterilized without their consent, according to a new report. View this image › Stephen Lam / Reuters 2. Four California prisons illegally sterilized 39 women between 2005 and 2011, a new report reveals. The women were sterilized via “bilateral tubal ligation” — a surgical procedure commonly known as “having your tubes…