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Computer Programmer Pleads Guilty to Lying about Silk Road Involvement

The State of Security

A computer programmer pleaded guilty to making false statements about his involvement with the Silk Road underground web marketplace.

On September 21, Michael R. Weigand (also known as “Shabang”) surrendered himself and told U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III that he had lied to federal investigators about his work with Silk Road.

Weigand clarified that he had worked with Roger Thomas Clark, the mentor of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, by helping to identify vulnerabilities in the dark web marketplace’s site. He said that he had also provided technological advice to both Ulbricht and Clark.


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