The Silk Road was the foremost darknet market (DNM) in the world.
The Silk Road arguably made bitcoin and cryptocurrencies synonymous with money laundering and drug smuggling at that time as blockchain was a relatively unknown technology with a very small payment ecosystem. Launched in 2011, the Silk Road was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in 2013.
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