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Silk Road bust demonstrates feds penetration of Deepnet

Antone Gonsalves | Oct. 8, 2013
Leader of website arrested by FBI, charged with conspiring to money launder and more.

"They're technologically capable of doing awesome things," he said.

The recent FBI activity also indicates that the agency's cybercrime focus is widening, Will Gragido, senior manager of Threat Research Intelligence at RSA, said. In the past, the agency investigated mostly operators of botnets or trading forums for stolen credit card numbers. Now, the agency is going much deeper and sending a new message to criminals.

"Based on the type of activity on Silk Road, they're focused on a more sinister form of criminality, and I think that's very important (for criminals) to be cognizant of and sends a very powerful message from a law enforcement perspective," Gragido said.

In terms of the immediate impact on criminal activity on the Deepnet, experts believe sellers and buyers of goods and services will eventually move to new marketplaces that are sure to launch on Tor to fill the gap left by Silk Road's demise.

"For the first couple of weeks, things may slow, as the trust model will not have been established yet," Michael Callahan, vice president of global product marketing for Juniper Networks, said.

"However, word will start to spread as to which one of these new sites is trustworthy."


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