Silk Road Arrest Shines Light on ‘Dark Web’ | ABC News

The wild west wasn’t wild forever, and neither will the internet be… Sooner or later the good guys will catch up to the bad guys and people will value law, over lawlessness. This bust proves that the issues musicians and creators face online is not so much about technology, but rather how that technology is used.

The FBI’s takedown of a billion-dollar black market website that allowed users to sell and purchase illegal items has shined a spotlight on the “dark Web,” which masks users’ online identities while providing a shield for everyone from hackers to journalists and the police.

Ross William Ulbricht, 29, was arrested Tuesday and charged with a battery of conspiracy crimes allegedly committed through his Silk Road website, which has been called the “Amazon of illegal drugs” or the “eBay of illicit substances.” It was described by the FBI as “the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet.”