WASHINGTON, DC - Digital Citizens Alliance Executive Director Tom Galvin made the following statement after learning that Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht had received the maximum sentence of life in prison:
“The sentencing of Ross Ulbricht closes the chapter on a troubling case. Mr. Ulbricht's life sentence sends a message that when you commit a crime that harms people, whether on a street corner or online, there are serious consequences. Digital Citizens hopes that the sentence imposed today brings a sense of justice to the victims of Silk Road. It is those people who are on our minds today."
Digital Citizens Alliance has been tracking the activity on DarkNet drug marketplaces, including The Silk Road, since 2013. Read our report, Busted, But Not Broken: The State of Silk Road and DarkNet Marketplaces, that chronicles the fallout after the arrest of Ross Ulbricht and the fall of the original DarkNet drug market.
For additional research examining the state of current Darknet drug markets, click here.