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La caída de Silk Road
La espectacular historia detrás de la primera intervención de Silk Road, el eBay de las drogas por Internet, y de su presunto administrador Ross Ulbricht. El espectacular reportaje del New York Times recoge la escasa información disponible, incluyendo las teorías sobre cómo fue detectado y el perfil privado del sospechoso.
The crucial breakthrough in the case occurred a few weeks after that fake ID package was intercepted. The F.B.I. located and copied the contents of Silk Road’s main servers, the computers that powered the site’s operations and stored its data.
It is here that the government’s otherwise detailed account gets fuzzy. The F.B.I. has stated only that the main server was found in “a certain foreign country,” one that has a mutual legal assistance treaty with the United States. Through the treaty, the F.B.I. was given a copy of the server — a “mirror” of it, in tech terms — on July 23. The site continued to operate, so D.P.R. would not be spooked.
What is unclear is how the feds knew where the servers were. Presumably, they were rented in some faraway corners of the globe — Iceland, Latvia and Romania are likely, according to experts who have studied the I.P. addresses. But the official vagueness has provoked speculation in academic circles and among security specialists. Was the National Security Agency involved? Did this process involve breaking laws, or violating constitutional rights?
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