Wow, who knew how difficult it was to be a criminal? Found via HN.
You’re an aspiring drug kingpin. Go out and pay cash for another computer. It doesn’t have to be the best or most expensive, but it needs to be able to run Linux. For additional safety, don’t lord over your new onion empire from your mother’s basement, or any location normally associated with you. Leave your phone behind when you head out to manage your enterprise so you aren’t tracked by cell towers. Last but not least for this paragraph, don’t talk about the same subjects across identities and take counter-measures to alter your writing style.
Disinformation is critical to your continued freedom. Give barium meat tests to your contacts liberally. It doesn’t matter if they realize they’re being tested. Make sure that if you’re caught making small talk, you inject false details about yourself and your life. You don’t want to be like Ernest Lehmitz, a German spy during World War II who sent otherwise boring letters about himself containing hidden writing about ship movements. He got caught because the non-secret portion of his letters gave up various minor personal details the FBI correlated and used to find him after intercepting just 12 letters. Spreading disinformation about yourself takes time, but after a while the tapestry of deceptions will practically weave itself.
Take-away: If you rely only on tor to protect yourself, you’re going to
get owned and people like me are going to laugh at you. Remember that someone out there is always watching, and know when to walk away. Do try to stay safe while breaking the law. In the words of Sam Spade, “Success to crime!”