This documentary looks back at the infamous Tor hidden black market website known as Silk Road. Silk Road emerged in 2011 on the darknet as an “Amazon of illegal drugs”. This website was run by a mysterious and libertarian intellectual man calling himself “The Dread Pirate Roberts”, or DPR for short. DPR promised his users complete anonymity and total freedom from the eyes of the government, their regulations and scrutiny. DPR made his Silk Road a multi million dollar digital cartel for drugs. It’s estimated that between February of 2011 and July of 2013, Silk Road was making $1.2 billion worth of business, and DPR was earning $79.8 million in commissions.
After years of investigation, the DEA and the FBI apprehended Silk Road founder and operator “DPR”, real name Ross Ulbricht, on October 1st 2013. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of a parole.
However, on 6th of November 2013, former administrators of Silk Road relaunched the site, calling it “Silk Road 2.0”. But it too was shut down and the administrators were jailed.
Unfortunately, to this day the black market is still running with complete anonymity behind hidden servers on the darknet.
Here’s the full documentary…