Many readers will probably remember the Silk Road case that I've covered over the past year. Silk Road was an online marketplace for all sorts of illegal drugs, but it was shut down last year when the FBI arrested the alleged mastermind behind the whole thing: Ross Ulbricht. He's now facing criminal charges for his role in the website and for attempting to hire a hit man to kill a former employee. It's a big win against cybercrime, but not everyone is happy. Ulbricht's supporters have posted some very real threats against the federal judge handling the case.
Silk Road was a hidden website that's only accessible through the encrypted Tor network. Tor is a part of the Internet where users can visit anonymously. There are many websites out there like this that aren't accessible through regular Internet browsers. They're not all used for illegally activity, but Tor is attractive to criminals because it can be difficult - but not impossible - for police to crack.
Now, Ulbricht's supporters are making threats against Judge Katherine Forrest and her family on another hidden site, The Hidden Wiki. It's like a hidden Wikipedia full of all sorts of information.
"Katherine Bolan Forrest is the judge who is unfairly ruining Ross Ulbricht's life and chance for a fair trial," wrote an editor on the hidden wiki who goes by the moniker ServingJustice.
Ulbricht's supporters began to target Forrest because she made some decisions in favor of the prosecutors in the case that they felt were unfair. Disagreeing with Judge Forrest is OK, but what these people did to vent their frustration is dangerous and downright criminal.