The heritage of the Dread Pirate Roberts (Ross William Ulbricht), Silk Road 2 has lost approximately four-and-a-half thousand Bitcoin, which amounts to $3 million according to the current price.
Of course, googling for Silk Road 2 (SR2) won’t help you taking a sneak peek of the site, as it is located in the shady dark web, where the anonymity and secrecy are user’s best comrades.So the story goes like this: the digital coins were stolen, again, using the transaction malleability attack or as it called double-withdrawal. Same plague that had been sabotaging the work of Mt.Gox at first and then proceeded to pester other large Bitcoin markets and services. Those unlucky ones, who have the automatic coin-return system were hit hard, as the bots consequently proceeded to send money using broken hash and withdrawing transaction. This process has severely hurt Gox, but the SR2 was devastated as the perpetrators were vacuuming its wallets escrow wallets (wallets holding funds until the delivery ios confirmed) until nothing was left.
At least that what Defcon, one of the Silk Road 2 moderators, is claiming. The users are furious though.
There is even a theory crawling among the angry customers that site owners stole the money themselves and found a scapegoat in the image of the transaction malleability, which earned a lot of infamy lately. The main supporting fact for this scenario is that money, which are usually kept offline in “cold storage”, were available to the supposed hackers due to some convenient tech upgrade that was happening on SR2.
Well, whatever the real story is, the people want to get their money back and with and as nice addition to that, some good old hardcore justice on the heads of guilty. That is why Defcon and several enthusiasts have been analyzing BlockChain to find out - who the perpetrator was, but the process is slowed by the same factor that we love it for. The anonymity and endless number of wallets one can create for him/herself.
In the end I would like to warn you that Deep Web is shady place and most of the sites there are, as said by Jeff Garzik, core Bitcoin developer, “…either honeypots or long-con scams”.