American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick BiltonThe unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom--and almost got away with it
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything--drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons--free of the governments watchful eye.
It wasnt long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone--not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers--could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the sites elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.
The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself--including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they werent sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet.
Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. Its a story of the boy next doors ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralized Web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction. But its all too real.
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The show profiles various cases involving corporate fraud and white collar crimes. Some of the episodes profile two of these cases in a single episode. The show has been on the air since June 21, and was renewed for its 11th season which started airing at the end of Jan Stacy Keach is the narrator for these episodes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Andy Greenberg is a senior head writer for Wired magazine who follows Silk Road's development since shortly after its launch in Andy Greenberg wrote a piece for Forbes Magazine in where he spent 5 hours talking with Dread Pirate Roberts on an encrypted chat. He orders a hit on Green. However, the person he asks to carry out the hit happens to be an undercover agent. Curtis Clark Green was one of Silk Road's administrators. Dread Pirate Roberts believed he had stolen from him and then order his execution.
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