In a press release, Wednesday, Australian law enforcement agencies sent a word of warning to those attempting to import illicit drugs into Australia using the online drug marketplace Silk Road. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service warn Australians that user Silk Road and services like it “will not always remain anonymous and when caught, they will be prosecuted.”
Silk Road uses two cryptographic technologies to shield itself from law enforcement scrutiny. The site is only available on Tor, the cryptographic network, which disguises the source and destination of Internet traffic. Payments are only accepted using Bitcoin, a crypto currency whose peer-to-peer design makes it difficult for governments to regulate or monitor.