Silk Road: The Website With Every Illegal Drug Imaginable For Sale

xlarge_0601_silkroadnewGawker reports on your aunt’s new favorite website, if your aunt loves tar heroin:

Silk Road, a digital black market that sits just below most internet users’ purview, does resemble something from a cyberpunk novel. Through a combination of anonymity technology and a sophisticated user-feedback system, Silk Road makes buying and selling illegal drugs as easy as buying used electronics—and seemingly as safe. It’s Amazon—if Amazon sold mind-altering chemicals.

Here is just a small selection of the 340 items available for purchase on Silk Road by anyone, right now: a gram of Afghani hash; 1/8th ounce of “sour 13” weed; 14 grams of ecstasy; .1 grams tar heroin. A listing for “Avatar” LSD includes a picture of blotter paper with big blue faces from the James Cameron movie on it. The sellers are located all over the world, a large portion from the U.S. and Canada.

Getting to Silk Road is tricky. The URL seems made to be forgotten. But don’t point your browser there yet. It’s only accessible through the anonymizing network TOR, which requires a bit of technical skill to configure.

Silk Road cuts down on scams with a reputation-based trading system familiar to anyone who’s used Amazon or eBay. The user Bloomingcolor appears to be an especially trusted vendor, specializing in psychedelics. One happy customer wrote on his profile: “Excellent quality. Packing, and communication. Arrived exactly as described.” They gave the transaction five points out of five.

ellers feel comfortable openly trading hardcore drugs because the real identities of those involved in Silk Road transactions are utterly obscured. If the authorities wanted to ID Silk Road’s users with computer forensics, they’d have nowhere to look. TOR masks a user’s tracks on the site. The site urges sellers to “creatively disguise” their shipments and vacuum seal any drugs that could be detected through smell. As for transactions, Silk Road doesn’t accept credit cards, PayPal , or any other form of payment that can be traced or blocked. The only money good here is Bitcoins.

Bitcoins have been called a “crypto-currency,” the online equivalent of a brown paper bag of cash. Bitcoins are a peer-to-peer currency, not issued by banks or governments, but created and regulated by a network of other bitcoin holders’ computers. (The name “Bitcoin” is derived from the pioneering file-sharing technology Bittorrent.) They are purportedly untraceable and have been championed by cyberpunks, libertarians and anarchists who dream of a distributed digital economy outside the law, one where money flows across borders as free as bits.

To purchase something on Silk Road, you need first to buy some Bitcoins using a service like Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange. Then, create an account on Silk Road, deposit some bitcoins, and start buying drugs. One bitcoin is worth about $8.67, though the exchange rate fluctuates wildly every day. Right now you can buy an 1/8th of pot on Silk Road for 7.63 Bitcoins. That’s probably more than you would pay on the street, but most Silk Road users seem happy to pay a premium for convenience.

83 Comments on "Silk Road: The Website With Every Illegal Drug Imaginable For Sale"

  1. Anonymous | Jun 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm |

    “the real identities of those involved in Silk Road transactions are utterly obscured”

    TOR was written by the US Navy and NSA ffs.

    http://cryptome.org/0004/tor-is-tor.htm

    Go pick some mushrooms you lazy hippies.

  2. “the real identities of those involved in Silk Road transactions are utterly obscured”

    TOR was written by the US Navy and NSA ffs.

    http://cryptome.org/0004/tor-is-tor.htm

    Go pick some mushrooms you lazy hippies.

  3. Anonymous | Jun 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm |

    lol

  4. DeepCough | Jun 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm |

    You would think the free market finally found a way to sort itself out for the sake of regulation–
    and then you read this:

    “Attempting major illicit transactions with bitcoin, given existing
    statistical analysis techniques deployed in the field by law
    enforcement, is pretty damned dumb,” [Jeff Garzik, a member of the Bitcoin core development team,] says.”

    Will no currency ever support a free market?!

  5. DeepCough | Jun 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm |

    You would think the free market finally found a way to sort itself out for the sake of regulation–
    and then you read this:

    “Attempting major illicit transactions with bitcoin, given existing
    statistical analysis techniques deployed in the field by law
    enforcement, is pretty damned dumb,” [Jeff Garzik, a member of the Bitcoin core development team,] says.”

    Will no currency ever support a free market?!

  6. 98% seller ratings are good.

  7. 98% seller ratings are good.

    • Slydon87 | Jun 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm |

      how can i use it the TOR and url shit how do i get set up

      • Anonymous | Jun 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm |

        If you can’t figure it out on your own (with the help of your friend Google of course) then you don’t belong on Silk Road to begin with.

        • actually if they can’t figure it out, it means they’ve already been using it too long 

      • Thedudelives | Jun 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm |

        download: Firefox
        download: Vidalia
        Address: http://ianxz6zefk72ulzz.onion
        leave Firefox and Vidalia running for awhile, you may have to refresh it. Something to see for kicks, but the prices are too high 😉 +$60 for an 1/8th bag (3.5 grams). Chances are, if you partake in these vices, there easier, cheaper, ways of procuring your toxins. 

  8. Amindatlarge | Jun 3, 2011 at 7:31 am |

    preeeetty sure an eighth of weed for 8 bucks is ridiculously cheaper than “street value”

  9. Amindatlarge | Jun 3, 2011 at 3:31 am |

    preeeetty sure an eighth of weed for 8 bucks is ridiculously cheaper than “street value”

  10. It’s actually around $66.

    “One bitcoin is worth about $8.67….. 1/8th of pot on Silk Road for 7.63 Bitcoins”

  11. $66.15 would be more accurate if it costs 7.63 bitcoins and bitcoins run about $ 8.67………

  12. Anonymous | Jun 3, 2011 at 7:53 am |

    Wow, a combination of yet another push for bitcoins and drugs? Now I’ve seen it all.

    My question is how the heck do they do delivery? I don’t really think you can just ship it via standard federal postage mail…

  13. Wow, a combination of yet another push for bitcoins and drugs? Now I’ve seen it all.

    My question is how the heck do they do delivery? I don’t really think you can just ship it via standard federal postage mail…

    • Jnance001 | Jun 3, 2011 at 10:58 am |

      yes you can, back before I became law enforcement in my smoke filled days I would order ounces of dank from Cali that would come vacuum sealed via fedex. And it’s safer as long as your actual name isn’t on the package because if it’s confiscated the state/federal can’t prove that it was actually meant specifically for you and not just a wrong address. (Which also has been known to happen)

    • To quote mitch headberg, “I like the fed-ex guy because he’s a drug dealer, and he doesn’t even know it”

  14. Dkelly1209 | Jun 3, 2011 at 11:10 am |

    check your math its more like $66

  15. vaginastein | Jun 3, 2011 at 11:13 am |

    It’s about 30 dollars Canadian here anyway

  16. Dejahgarcia | Jun 3, 2011 at 11:44 am |

    Lol, ‘someones’ high. “nudge nudge”

  17. you have failed to notice that 1 bitcoin is equal to 8.67
    if one eighth of weed is 7.63 ..then 8.67 x 7.63= 60bux 

  18. Jnance001 | Jun 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm |

    yes you can, back before I became law enforcement in my smoke filled days I would order ounces of dank from Cali that would come vacuum sealed via fedex. And it’s safer as long as your actual name isn’t on the package because if it’s confiscated the state/federal can’t prove that it was actually meant specifically for you and not just a wrong address. (Which also has been known to happen)

  19. To quote mitch headberg, “I like the fed-ex guy because he’s a drug dealer, and he doesn’t even know it”

  20. fucking pig

  21. Joe Wearerovers | Jun 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm |

    he said 7.63 bitcoins not $8 its $8 just for 1 bitcoin

  22. Slydon87 | Jun 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm |

    how can i use it the TOR and url shit how do i get set up

  23. People who joined bitcoin when a bitcoin was worth 20c will be in heaven now…
    That currency is ridiculous.

  24. People who joined bitcoin when a bitcoin was worth 20c will be in heaven now…
    That currency is ridiculous.

  25. yourestupid | Jun 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm |

    pretty sure it said an eighth of weed was worth 7.63 bitcoins, making it more than 8 bucks

  26. ghost6980 | Jun 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm |

    Yea man….If your payin more then 35 for an eighth your getting rip off HARD.

  27. ummm no. 7.63 bitcoins which is $66.15. reaadddd buddy.

  28. you’re a dick, HAHAHAHA

  29. Virtual Interzone!!! Burroughs would nut all over himself if he were here to see it 🙂

  30. Virtual Interzone!!! Burroughs would nut all over himself if he were here to see it 🙂

  31. do they have refferal links like amazon associates?

  32. do they have refferal links like amazon associates?

  33. Anonymous | Jun 5, 2011 at 2:32 am |

    The price of bitcoins has almost doubled over the last two days; the guy who wrote this article is probably rolling in BTCs

  34. JoiquimCouteau | Jun 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm |

    The price of bitcoins has almost doubled over the last two days; the guy who wrote this article is probably rolling in BTCs

  35. not if its GOOD GOOD… duh.

  36. Anonymous | Jun 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm |

    If you can’t figure it out on your own (with the help of your friend Google of course) then you don’t belong on Silk Road to begin with.

  37. Nancyromanokeenan | Jun 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm |

    its not 8 dollars its 8.67 x 7.63 comes out to 66.15 for an 8th

  38. Website please 😛 LOL

    I WANT DRUGS!!!

    them cops are starting 2 fallow me around

  39. GreenPot | Jun 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm |

    Website please 😛 LOL

    I WANT DRUGS!!!

    them cops are starting 2 fallow me around

  40. Thedudelives | Jun 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |

    download: Firefox
    download: Vidalia
    Address: http://ianxz6zefk72ulzz.onion
    leave Firefox and Vidalia running for awhile, you may have to refresh it. Something to see for kicks, but the prices are too high 😉 +$60 for an 1/8th bag (3.5 grams). Chances are, if you partake in these vices, there easier, cheaper, ways of procuring your toxins. 

  41. Adrian420 | Jun 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm |

    hey im trying to access silk road, but i dont see where is the create an account link is… I just see the user, password and the secret code image… do you have any clue on how to create my account?

  42. Kyle_bigevil | Jun 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm |

    i need the silk road site for myself i want address sent via email for me please kyle_bigevil@hotmail.com

  43. Kyle_bigevil | Jun 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm |

    i need the site so please reply via email kyle_bigevil@hotmail.com

  44. Greencamel | Jun 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm |

    Registration is closed.  : (

    But I have an account or two I am willing to part with for the right price.  Make an offer: greencamel@lavabit.com

  45. Greencamel | Jun 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

    Registration is closed.  : (

    But I have an account or two I am willing to part with for the right price.  Make an offer: greencamel@lavabit.com

  46. Empresseyes29 | Jun 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm |

    looking to buy but can not get there help anyone

  47. Empresseyes29 | Jun 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm |

    looking to buy but can not get there help anyone

  48. TayHeartsYoux3 | Jun 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm |

    LOL Now 1 bitcoin = $19.50 .. they’ve gone too far!

  49. TayHeartsYoux3 | Jun 14, 2011 at 8:41 am |

    LOL Now 1 bitcoin = $19.50 .. they’ve gone too far!

  50. actually if they can’t figure it out, it means they’ve already been using it too long 

  51. could u please send me the correct web address send 2 yjazz52@hotmail.com I’ve been trying to get on the site for a month and can’t get the correct address. thank u

  52. Jimmy3532 | Aug 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

    Another good drug site on the tor network is

    http://xlvbli7pmkw652f6.onion/

  53. Jimmy3532 | Aug 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |

    Another good drug site on the tor network is

    http://xlvbli7pmkw652f6.onion/

  54. can sombody give me the internet adres. so i can buy some drugs
     and how do i installat TOR?

  55. can sombody give me the internet adres. so i can buy some drugs
     and how do i installat TOR?

  56. can sombody give me the internet adres. so i can buy some drugs
     and how do i installat TOR?

  57. Weedmaster | Sep 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm |

    there are other shops in TOR network now, download tor browser bundle at https://www.torproject.org/
    then go to:
    http://ykrxnmvcmozu5maa.onion/
    http://rzrusok6d4uwt54g.onion/

  58. Weedmaster | Sep 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm |

    there are other shops in TOR network now, download tor browser bundle at https://www.torproject.org/
    then go to:
    http://ykrxnmvcmozu5maa.onion/
    http://rzrusok6d4uwt54g.onion/

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