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#1 2021-02-16 15:08:37

Registered: 2020-11-20
Posts: 13

Anonymity. Expensive pleasure?

Oh, that brings me to mind. Apparently, not everyone who knows the word "anonymity" understands the word in its full sense.

So what is anonymity? The root of the word goes back to the word "noname" and its progenitors. And by name, as we know, a person can be identified, and surveillance can be organised. So it turns out that anonymity as an attribute of any action is the absence of any trace leading to the identification of the real name of its perpetrator.

Now, let's get to the subject of the monologue. How realistic is real anonymity? In what ways can a person be de-anonymised online? Which ones are most often used by law enforcement agencies, and how did famous spies fail?

For example, a group of Richard Sorge (a famous Soviet spy) was caught on a band-aided radio, at one of the points from which he was regularly sending information. And when they caught the group - they could not believe their eyes: they believed to the last that Sorge was a simple German journalist.

There are stories of how someone blabbed when drunk and one of the spies once forgot a briefcase with copies of important documents in a bar. The briefcase was opened by the special services, who were summoned to the scene and thought it might contain an explosive device.

But those were things that happened in the past. But what about today? How did they catch the owner of the famous Silk Road site?

Very simple. Ridiculously simple. Following the text of the indictment revealing the details of the operation to de-anonymise him, this was done using the usual open sources: comparing dates, activity and the very information that could be obtained. The funny thing is, the man wasn't really hiding anything, it was enough to do a lot of systematic work without involving a huge number of specialists, the more so because on linked.in this man didn't even hide that he was going to create something similar (we are talking about Silk Road).

So what is the main enemy of a person who wants to remain anonymous? The answer is simple and banal - himself. If you register at the U and choose the same nickname you have on public sites, then you can forget about anonymity once and for all: Anyone can easily google, and find your profiles in social networks and God knows where else, without resorting to special means.

Anonymity is not a set of tools. Since the main problem with anonymity is the human factor (and we all live in society), the problem is multiplied by exactly how many people are able to see you. You may be a good salesman and be incognito online, but if the barmaid at the doorway sees you driving an expensive car and doesn't know what you're doing, they will eventually become suspicious, and then you'll be reported.

The same is true for other places where you live. There is one harmful characteristic of the man: he tends to fill the vacuum of information with all sorts of speculation. If you do not fill the vacuum in time you need information, he will do it himself, or someone will do it for you, and, as you know, there are no guarantees.

Going back to the question. Anonymity is a way of thinking and therefore, a way of life. True anonymous are scouts who give themselves away (and usually everything is documented!), who knows the enemy's language perfectly well, and who lead a double or even triple life, but they too can make mistakes, and they are usually caused by human error. 

Pay close attention to detail! It's the best thing you can do to protect your information.

I hope I have been helpful.


#2 2021-02-28 19:42:48

Registered: 2020-11-20
Posts: 48

Re: Anonymity. Expensive pleasure?

Nice post. Yes, online anonymity requires great vigilance and discipline, most don't make the required effort, or at least do not sustain that effort indefinitely, since the internet has a very long memory.

"Honour Above Greed" -TheMerchant


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