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Adventures in online drug buying

(Forbes) The hardest part of scoring drugs in the age of the digital black market? Choosing among all the consumer-friendly websites ready to sell them.

As I was reporting my profile of the Dread Pirate Roberts, the entrepreneur behind the booming Silk Road black market for illegal drugs, Forbes tested the Bitcoin-based drug-buying process on the three most well-known online anonymous black markets: The Silk Road, Atlantis and Black Market Reloaded. Though we purchased only small amounts of marijuana, harder drugs such as heroin and crack seemed to be just as readily available.

A cautionary note: Don’t try this at home. Buying most of these sites’ drugs is illegal under U.S. federal law. Despite its creators’ best efforts, the Tor anonymity software necessary to access the sites doesn’t offer perfect privacy. Nor does Bitcoin, the crypto-currency they use for transactions.