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Five alleged drug dealers - who used a concealed website called Utopia to sell their illegal wares - have been arrested by Dutch and German police. The website was seized by cops working on Operation Commodore, Netherlands' public prosecutions service said in a statement on Wednesday. Utopia, a copycat of Silk Road that was …

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Good grief. £363,000 for 9 days work. Almost worth taking the risk for 6 days...lol

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Surely it would have been better to take payment say yeah its in the post guv, and then closed down?? Rinse and Repeat...

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Re: GrumoyMiddleAgedGuy

".....£363,000 for 9 days work...." You are assuming that the Bitcoins were from deals made during those nine days and not from previous illegal activity. Also that they are actually worth the stated amount when it seems they are actually "worth" less and less every day, and with fewer and fewer options ofr actually exchanging them for real World products.

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> Surely it would have been better to take payment say yeah its in the post guv

But that would have been dishonest. :)

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Good grief, look at that picture!

I've got a ruler just like the one that the cops seized. I better dump it.

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At this point...

You've got to strongly suspect every single tor node is compromised. It doesn't seem like the cops have very much trouble busting all these black marketeers.

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Not necessarily so. Read the details, basically they busted folk by pretending to buyers/sellers. And carrying out stings just as normal in meatspace. Also, TOR has never claimed to defend against traffic flow analysis (specifically the fine manual warns that it doesn't) - you don't need to be able to decrypt the messages between Alice and Bob - you just need to know that statistically they are communicating something. And if, let's say, your are Alice and ask (anonymous) Bob to deliver some drugs to your pal Pete and when Bob then drops by Pete's house to drop the drugs off...and then at that point Bob discovers the hard way that Pete is actually Pete the Plod - then Bob is very much frier tucked and now very decidely unanonymous.

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