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Sex, drugs, and Bitcoins: Explaining the ‘Dark Net’ in wake of Silk Road sentencing


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The founder of the illicit website Silk Road was sentenced to life in prison for enabling the sales of over $180 million in drugs on the online black market.

Silk Road existed on something called the Dark Net, a space on the internet that is hidden from search engines where users can access anonymously for a variety of illicit purposes, including the buying and selling of weapons and drugs. The cryptocurrency Bitcoin is the currency of choice on the Dark Net, given its untraceability.

Wired’s Kim Zetter and Jaime Bartlett, author of a new book focused on the Dark Net, join Larry and offers this look at the Dark Net after Silk Road’s closure.


Kim Zetter, Senior Reporter for WIRED, covering cybercrime, privacy, and security. She is the author of “Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon” (Crown, 2014)