Hackers have extracted thousands of dollars from the market Silk Road, through threats to attack the site with denial of service attacks or expose vulnerabilities to its security, according to testimony in the US District Court.
The hacker and security experts come from many different groups. White Hat teams that track vulnerabilities and conduct trials to improve network security to Black Hat teams that use their personal gain skills.
It does not take long to realize that illegal markets such as Silk Road are vulnerable to the same hackers that companies are trying to protect. The only difference is that one is from the law side that grants the right to call for law enforcement. Of course, when a website offers illegal services, the officers can not call the police to help with extortion.
The Silk Road marketplace, operating within the network Tor, closed 2013 by federal agents.
Ulbricht, who is allegedly the admin of the site called "Dread Pirate Roberts", is on trial for criminal activity with charges related to the website. The charges against the 30-year-old Texan include conspiracy to commit hacking and money laundering, as well as selling drugs. Prosecutors say $ 200 million worth of drugs were sold through the website, were also available for purchase and through the use of digital currency. Bitcoin.
The defendant has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Ulbricht, who claims to have left the site a few months later and was trapped by the real "Dread Pirate Roberts".
The trial is expected to last up to 6 weeks.