After Silk Road Raid, the Dark Net Is 'Darker Than Ever'

Last month's FBI raid on Silk Road 2.0 has done little to slow the drug, weapon, and stolen identity trade on the dark net—in fact, shutting down the relatively tame Silk Road created a vacuum that was immediately filled with sites that are "more dangerous in their nature," according to a new analysis by a group called the Digital Citizens Alliance.

Since the early November raid that shut down Silk Road, BlueSky Marketplace, Cannabis Road, Alpaca Marketplace, and several other dark net drug markets, the overall number of drug listings available on the dark net is down by roughly 30 percent. That might seem like a win for the FBI, but the overall number of drug listings on the dark net is more than 32,000—so it's still not exactly very difficult to trade Bitcoin for illegal drugs.