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Law Enforcement Officials Arrest Man Operating Silk Road 2.0

Agencies of law enforcement have detained Blake Benthall in San Francisco because the man, aged 26-yrs, allegedly owned Silk Road 2.0 a market of illicit nature running under unidentifiable Tor network, published softpedia.com dated November 7, 2014.

Among different rivals, Benthall's market happened to be the biggest accessible on Darknet. It provided many different types of drugs as well as malware along with tools to launch PC-hacks; the tools being RATs (remote access tools), keyloggers and info-stealers, while supplied bogus documents too.

Referred to as "Defcon" on the Internet, Benthall understandably established Silk Road 2.0 so he could revive the original underground market also called Silk Road, which the officials had seized in 2013.

Reportedly, an agent of Homeland Security managed in gaining admission into Silk Road 2.0 from where he managed to do tasks in customer support and creation pertaining to the website. In the beginning, there was invitation for visiting the forum followed with the undercover entity getting administrator privileges. Soon, a server based within some unspecified foreign country allegedly started harboring Silk Road 2.0. But in that country, authorities managed in tracking the server followed with analyzing its data via forensic experts, which resulted in the detention as also dismantling of the website.

Responding to the above kind of underground markets, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney of Manhattan stated that anybody thinking about doing like the alleged online crooks must know that authorities would come back every time, if necessary, for shutting down harmful Internet crime markets without at all getting tired. Softpedia.com published this.

Incidentally, Benthall is accused of conniving towards carrying out narcotics trafficking in one instance that merits sentence of up to imprisonment for life along with one necessary least period 10-yrs imprisonment. Moreover, there's accusation he connived towards carrying out PC-hacking in one instance meriting a 5-yrs of imprisonment at the most; connived towards distributing fake identification documents in one instance that merits 15-yrs of imprisonment; while connived to do money laundering meriting imprisonment of 20-yrs.

For investigation into Benthall's case, law enforcement agencies of countries Germany, France, Britain, Holland and Lithuania have also been engaged.

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