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How Silk Road founder got caught

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Does the G read Stack Overflow?!?!?

NOT a real gangster. This is what happens when nerds lose focus!

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Wait, did you say he was caught in the public library?!

That requires not one but two NERD ALERT gifs...

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This is comedy gold:

Even the finest programmers could use a little help from their friends on Stack Overflow now and then. The site, which invites users to ask and answer one another’s questions about specific coding problems, has become a global hub for software engineers, catering to pros and amateurs alike. Silk Road mastermind “Dread Pirate Roberts,” it seems, was no exception.

According to the criminal complaint against Ross William Ulbricht, the man who allegedly ran the vast online drug marketplace from his San Francisco apartment, he ventured humbly onto the site in March 2012 to ask a couple of friendly questions. The first one, it seems, was relatively innocuous, if a bit unorthodox. But a second query struck FBI investigators as rather incriminating, in retrospect: “How can I connect to a Tor hidden service using curl in php?” the user asked. Silk Road is, of course, a Tor hidden service—perhaps the world’s most famous one at that.

But here’s the facepalm-worthy part: According to the criminal complaint, Ulbricht posted the question using his own real name. Less than one minute later, he changed his username to “frosty.” And then, one assumes, banged his head against a hard wall several times.

He should have posted anonymously on Quora, YO!

Sorry, this idiot "Dread Pirate Roberts" deserves a DOUBLE facepalm.

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This might require a TRIPLE facepalm. Idiot!

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