Posts Tagged ‘dark web’

Ross Ulbricht, who was convicted earlier this year of being Dread Pirate Roberts, owner of online drugs bazaar Silk Road, is due to be sentenced next Friday.

Australians were over-represented as customers of Silk Road (third largest user base by identified country according to FBI documents) and now it seems we will be over-represented at Ross Ulbricht’s sentencing hearing too. On both sides of the courtroom.



The prosecution is seeking to admit testimony of six families of Silk Road customers who died from drug overdoses or other complications whilst using drugs alleged to have come from Silk Road. Three of those victims – Preston Bridge, Jacob Lyon-Green and Scott Wilsdon – are Australians.


Dr Fernando Caudevilla, better known to the darknet market users as DoctorX, has thrown his support behind Ross Ulbricht, convicted of being Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts.  DoctorX has provided an affidavit in support of Silk Road and it’s owner.

Dr Fernando Caudevilla aka "DoctorX"

Dr Fernando Caudevilla aka “DoctorX”


Given the readership of my blog has likely devoured the story of the awesomely-named Carl Mark Force IV and his colleague Detective Bridge (you couldn’t make these names up), I won’t rehash it here. Just want to share one of those “didn’t seem significant at the time” stories.

Alpacino told DPR stuff, who told somebody else, who told me...

Alpacino told DPR stuff, who told somebody else, who told me…


Last month a friend who had just started reading my book rang me almost hyperventilating. “It’s Landmark!” she said. “It’s fucking Landmark!”

Did DPR copy'n'paste for his charter?

Did DPR copy’n’paste for his charter?

She had noticed some startling similarities between the Landmark Forum’s 2020 Charter (which seems to have been superseded since it was written in the 90’s) and the Silk Road Charter, which is quoted at the beginning of the book. As a long-time member of Landmark (a “group awareness training seminar” that many have accused of having all the aspects of a cult), she recognised the words immediately. She followed up by email, and wrote:


It is a year to the day since three alleged moderators/administrators of Silk Road were arrested.

I posted an update on where the three were here. Little has changed as they face another Christmas break in limbo.


In particular, the one who got the rawest deal, Aussie Peter Nash (accused of being forum moderator Samesamebutdifferent), is in New York prison. He remains positive and philosophical, and has this message:



Thursday 11 December 6.30 pm

Come and enjoy complimentary nibbles (drinks at bar prices) at one of St Kilda’s coolest secret venues for the launch of “Silk Road” by Eileen Ormsby and screening of acclaimed documentary #TheBitcoinDoco by Dale Dickins.

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Be at The George Lane bar, 1 George Lane (enter from Grey Street near corner Fitzroy Street) St Kilda

Thursday 11 December 6.30 pm

You’re welcome if you’d like to:

– see a screening of one section of TheBitcoinDoco (10 mins) and chat with Dale (and maybe Chris) for a 20 mins of Q&A
– hear an EXCLUSIVE never-before-told behind-the-scenes story of Silk Road – and it’s a doozy!
– chat with Eileen in a Q&A session about Silk Road and her doozy story.
– listen in as a mystery speaker talks about online privacy.

And of course, there will be books for sale, book signings (BYO or buy on the night), cool tunes and partying.

ALSO: a Bitcoin machine on site with plenty of people to answer your questions and get you started in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency if you want.

More about Eileen and Silk Road:
More about The Bitcoin Doco:

After last night’s 60 Minutes, any parent could be forgiven for barging into their teen’s bedroom and confiscating their computer, terrified that their offspring is accessing the 90% of the hidden internet filled with hitmen, weapons and drugs. Teens everywhere are doing it apparently.

Image: "Dark Web"

Image: “Dark Web”

The 60 Minutes report is available here: 60 Minutes report on The Dark Web from

Whilst parents need to be vigilant in protecting their children, this sort of scare-mongering does nothing to advance the drug debate. Parents would do better educating their kids and being aware of where the true dangers lie in illicit drug-taking: adulterated substances being sold as something else, dodgy clones of well-researched drugs, misinformation about the effects of different types of drugs and potential violence in a drug deal.

Here is an analysis of what I believe the 60 Minutes piece either got wrong, misrepresented or exaggerated: (more…)