If you’ve been living under a cultural rock the Dread Pirate Roberts was a character from the cult film The Princess Bride (based upon the book of the same name). Aurich Lawson / ACT III Communications This week Ars and its readers were surprised by the sudden shutdown and seizure of the Silk Road, a Tor-enabled hidden marketplace used by people in the know to buy and sell goods (read: drugs).

At the same time, the FBI announced that it had arrested a man named Ross William Ulbricht in San Francisco. Ulbricht, the bureau alleged, went by the moniker “Dread Pirate Roberts” and ran the, um, Silk Road show. Nate Anderson and Cyrus Farivar brought the whole story together in the article How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts.

The two chronicled the crazy story, detailing how “Roberts” hired hit men to take down two of his enemies, and how the feds finally caught him because of his own carelessness with using real names on a handful of public forums. “So you don’t need a massive system to survey Internet traffic, just good old-fashioned police work,” wrote MrMickS. “Interesting, maybe they could teach the NSA something.” 2     

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