By Nick Bilton
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht introduced the final word loose industry: the Silk street, a clandestine website hosted at the darkish internet the place a person may possibly alternate anything—drugs, hacking software program, solid passports, counterfeit money, poisons—free of the government’s watchful eye.
It wasn’t lengthy prior to the media received wind of the hot site the place anyone—not simply children and weed purchasers yet terrorists and black hat hackers—could purchase and promote contraband detection-free. Spurred by means of a public outcry, the government introduced an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive owner, without leads, no witnesses, and no transparent jurisdiction. all of the investigators knew was once that whoever used to be working the location referred to as himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.
The Silk street quick ballooned into $1.2 billion firm, and Ross embraced his new function as kingpin. He enlisted a faithful group of allies in low and high areas, all as hooked on the risk and thrill of working an unlawful market as their buyers have been to the heroin they bought. via his community he received wind of the objective on his again and took drastic steps to guard himself—including ordering a success on a former worker. As Ross made plans to vanish eternally, the Feds raced opposed to the clock to capture a guy they weren’t convinced even existed, looking for a needle within the haystack of the worldwide Internet.
Drawing on specific entry to key avid gamers and billion electronic phrases and pictures Ross left in the back of, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times bestselling writer Nick Bilton bargains a story packed with twists and turns, fortunate breaks and unimaginable shut calls. It’s a narrative of the boy subsequent door’s ambition long gone legal, spurred on by means of the conflict among the recent global of libertarian-leaning, nameless, decentralized net advocates and the previous international of presidency keep watch over, order, and the rule of thumb of legislations. choked with unforgettable characters and capped by means of an impressive climax, American Kingpin can be disregarded as too outrageous for fiction. yet it’s all too real.
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American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton