Ever since the first media reports that the silk road (a tor based illicit goods marketplace) was seized something didn’t add up. First where the images posted, then there have been absolutely zero official statements from DHS, the FBI or ICE or any other agency that is typically involved in these cases. And with the “government shutdown” there is no one in the media office to contact. And the operators answering the phones after multiple calls say they are not aware of any seizures or statements regarding any seizures.
Then I started looking into the images being posted.
This is the official seized domain or server image from the DHS
This is the image being spread through the media.
Now if this comes out and it’s real I will retract my statement, but this smells of market manipulation. Probably by the same people that have been running DDOS attacks against bitcoin operations.