Silk Road 2.0: New Website Launched, Another ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ Emerges

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
November 6, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The so-called Silk Road 2.0 website was recently launched–a successor to the Silk Road, a black market drug hub accessible via Tor that was shut down weeks ago by the FBI.

The Silk Road 2.0 came online on Wednesday morning and is said to be slightly improved over the original website, according to Forbes. The website will attempt to keep the identities and personal information of users a secret by being only accessible through Tor, an anonymizing service.

Nearly 500 drug listings were placed on the website already, including marijuana, cocaine, and ecstacy. Old discussion threats were also re-posted.

But as The Verge notes, new signups to the website are not being accepted and only existing community members can join.

The administrator for the website has called himself Dread Pirate Roberts, which was the moniker used by the original Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht, before he was arrested by the FBI.

“#SilkRoad is back up. Deja vu anyone? #weriseagain,” reads a tweet from a Dread Pirate Roberts account. “Our server has just had a phenomenal spike – bare with us,” the account later stated.

It added: “20 minutes to go. You can never kill the idea of #silkroad.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.