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Namecheap Qs - "Good Enough" Anonymity?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by anonym0use, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. anonym0use

    anonym0use Newbie

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    Hello, I posted on here recently about anonymous domain registration... after reading up on it the last week, I realize it's kind of a futile effort, and not worth it unless you're involved in something criminal. Now, what I'm after is an understanding of how registration works, and how an adversary could get one's information based on the domain registrar. I'm involved in an area that could "reasonably" be considered copyright infringement, but it's grey, and I'm after "good enough" anonymity.

    "Currently we accept Visa/MasterCard credit or debit cards, PayPal and Google Checkout."
    -Namecheap.

    So, I can do a VCC for registration, but it needs to be shipped (I assume from the ones I've seen), and it's hardly anonymous to purchase one.

    Or I can do Paypal, which I've a business address with, but it's my real name.

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    Adversary A wants to find out my real name. They see the registration name is protected by WHOIS (Barrier 1). Tbh, I have my doubts about this WHOIS, I just don't know enough about it though.

    They get a court order (I assume), and get Namecheap to reveal the registration details. They're fake (Barrier 2).

    They get another court order (or perhaps the same), to get the payment method, and figure out it's Paypal.

    I've payed w/a Business Paypal, but since my real name is on file, and Paypal reveals the buyer's name in IPN, bam, they now have my name.

    The above is just my guess; can anyone with legal expertise change how this might actually play out if a US company claims copyright infringement?

    Is the VCC a better option, and if so, how specifically would it work in the above scenario? Any of you W/ EXPERIENCE use VCCs to do this, and if so, which VCCs, howd you order em, etc?

    Cheers, you guys are awesome!
     
  2. freelapse

    freelapse Junior Member

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    How do I always end up on your threads? :)

    I've used VCCs to register shady domains many times.
    It's pretty simple, I believe you can buy the VCC digitally so they simply send you a credit card number and associated details in an email or something (I haven't actually bought one online).

    This is what I have done: In many countries (not sure if where you are is one of them) you can buy "gift card" credit cards off of retail shelves that are pretty damn anonymous. Try some different brands if there are multiple until you find one that works without giving them personal information on a website. (In the US, I use All Access Gift brand cards for this.) Yes, you're most likely on security camera, but the cameras will almost certainly be overwritten by the time you're being hunted down.
     
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  3. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Senior Member

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    Buy VCC through your LibertyReserve. LR don't mind if you use real info or fake.

    Now, how to obtain LR Funds anonymously? Trade your services for LR funds. That way you won't have to use your real CC or PP.

    Thats the best I can think.
     
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  4. larrydetuvi

    larrydetuvi Regular Member

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  5. anonym0use

    anonym0use Newbie

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    Thanks dude. Of everything I've been chewing on, this makes the most sense to me. Before I hadn't considered LR since I thought it was a big scam, but after doing due diligence it seems it's legitimate. And I believe that even if it turns out to be a huge scam and the founders all run, if you make sure at no point you have more than a few K in LR, and you're always transferring it out, if/when the shit hits the fan (I/WTSHTF), you should be fine.

    Any experience yourself with LR, or VCCs?

    Right now I can't find any reliable ones that are confirmed to work for Paypal verification, or online, that have no ties to personal info. Might start a VCC thread in that regard.