silk road http://nhpr.org en 'Silk Road' May Be Shut Down, But Illegal Drug Mecca 'Topix' Lives On http://nhpr.org/post/silk-road-may-be-shut-down-illegal-drug-mecca-topix-lives <p>Earlier this month, the F.B.I.. shut down Silk Road, a black market website that the bureau described as &ldquo;the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the internet today.&rdquo; Buried in the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4795502/the-fbi-busted-silk-road-but-not-the-dark-web-behind-it">&ldquo;dark web,&rdquo;</a> Silk Road allowed its users to anonymously trade virtually every drug imaginable in addition to other illegal goods and services that included counterfeit and murder.&nbsp;</p><p>Though the site has been stopped in its tracks, similar online websites remain in business. Topix.com <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4795430/amidst-silk-roads-takedown-topix-still-a-haven-for-drug-dealers">has provided an open forum</a> for black market trading for many years and is still going strong. <strong>Matt Stroud </strong>is a Verge contributing writer covering law, business and scams.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:33:51 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36548 at http://nhpr.org 'Silk Road' May Be Shut Down, But Illegal Drug Mecca 'Topix' Lives On Digital Cash Finds Foothold In NH http://nhpr.org/post/digital-cash-finds-foothold-nh <p></p><p>A digital currency is getting traction with New Hampshire residents looking for an alternative to the dollar.</p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;What is Bitcoin?</strong></p><p>On the front door of the <a href="http://thepaocafe.com/" target="_blank">Pao Café </a>in downtown Newmarket, there’s a familiar collage of credit card stickers - Amex, Discover, Visa - and one that’s not so familiar. It reads: ‘Bitcoin accepted here.'</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:27:23 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 23715 at http://nhpr.org Digital Cash Finds Foothold In NH Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011: Part 1 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-11192011-part-1 <p>A secret online black market exposed. And a Connecticut High School's scandalous ruse to clear the hallways.</p> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:00:01 +0000 Virginia Prescott 530 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011: Part 1