[tor-talk] Feds shutter online narcotics store that used TOR to hide its tracks

Phillip equusaustralus at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 16:22:59 UTC 2012

>From that article:

    /Undercover law enforcement agents infiltrated the group in a sting
    dubbed “Operation Adam Bomb.” According to the indictment, between
    April and August 2011 one of the defendants received more than
    $261,000 in PayPal transfers for the purchase of drugs, including
    $2,160 that an undercover agent with the Drug Enforcement
    Administration sent him to buy about 30 grams of LSD./

Seriously, how do you expect to remove $261,000 or even $2,000 from
PayPal without it somehow being traced back to you?!


    /...the document /[indictment] /is filled with evidence gathered
    from e-mail communications that took place between 2007 and 2009,
    while the defendants were using Hushmail./

So the lesson of the day is that they used easily-trackable e-mail and
financial transactions to nail the network. It seems like TOR and
BitCoin are safe for now...

> Hi,
> Government tracked the email accounts used for communication since 2007
> from Hushmail service ..
> And important point is 2 of them have drug detention history.
> For more details please read
> http://m.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/04/online-drug-market-takedown/
> So its not TOR atleast IMHO.

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