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American Kingpin

American Kingpin

作者 : Nick Bilton

出版社 : PORTFOLIO

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定價 : NT 945

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令人難以置信!一個年輕的程式設計師,如何從臥房建立起十幾億美金交易量的線上毒品帝國,並差點逃之夭夭的真實故事!

2011年,一個26歲、信奉自由主義,名叫羅斯.烏布利希的程式設計師,設立了一個名為「絲路」的終極自由市場,他主持的這個非法網站,任何人在這裡可以做任何的交易,毒品、駭客軟體、偽造的護照、假鈔與毒物,都可以不在政府的監督下自由地進行交易。在這個網站上,不只青少年與販毒者,還有恐怖份子與黑帽駭客,在免於被偵查的情況下買賣違禁品。不久後,媒體得到風聲,迫於民眾憤怒的聲音,在網站主人來去無縱、沒有任何線索、沒有任何目擊者、管轄區域不清不楚的情況下,聯邦政府開始為期兩年的追捕行動。所有偵查者對這個網站主持人所知的只有,他自稱是「恐怖海盜羅伯茲」。

「絲路」很快地膨脹成12億美金的企業,羅斯成了這個網路黑市的首腦。他將一群忠誠的盟友作高低之分,沉迷在經營非法市場的危險與快感當中,畢竟他的客戶們都是向他購買毒品的人。正當羅斯計畫永遠消失不見時,聯邦調查局必須和時間賽跑,在全球的網路大海中撈針,定要逮捕到一個他們甚至不確定是否存在的人。

本書作者利用獨家管道,採訪事件中的主要人物,羅斯所留下的大量數位資料與影像,描繪出一個鄰家男孩的野心如何失控成為罪犯;這是一個傾向自由、無名、去中心化的網路新世界與由政府掌控、有秩序與充滿法規的舊世界之間衝突。故事中充滿令人難忘的人物與高潮迭起的事件,驚世駭俗的程度讓人誤以為這是一部虛構的小說,但它是再真切不過的真實事件。

The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom—and almost got away with it 
 
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything—drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons—free of the government’s watchful eye. 
 
It wasn’t long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone—not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers—could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. 
 
The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself—including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren’t sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet.

Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It’s a story of the boy next door’s ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralized Web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction. But it’s all too real.
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Nick Bilton
《浮華世界》的特派員,撰寫關於政治、科技、商業與文化方面的文章,同時也是新聞台CNBC的外稿作家,《紐約時報》近十年的專欄作家。

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