That initial v DOS story was based on data shared by an anonymous source who had hacked v DOS and obtained its private user and attack database.

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But such attacks are becoming more prevalent of late as crooks increasingly turn to online crimeware services that make it a cakewalk to cash out stolen passwords.

The item at Amazon that drew me to this should-have-known-better bargain was a Sonos wireless speaker that is very pricey and as a consequence has hung on my wish list for quite some time.

Also see Why I’m weird about privacy and faking out address and credit card forms. I buy them in person at a Simon mall, and overall, I’m pretty happy with them. Hank Taggart agrees with me in his book How to Purchase Anonymously on the Internet, on both the details and the conclusion to use Simon. On the plus side, you can buy them with cash and without providing any identifying information whatsoever.

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that I’m a privacy freak. I’ve frozen my credit report with all three agencies. The worst part, though, is that I don’t use a credit card.

“One night everything was fine and the next morning our seller account had a email address not associated with us. Fake electronic products were added to our storefront.” He couldn’t quite explain the fake tracking number claim, but nevertheless the tactic does seem to be part of an overall effort to delay suspicion on the part of the buyer while the crook seeks to maximize the number of scam sales in a short period of time.

“The hacker then indicated they were shipped with fake tracking numbers on both the fake products they added and the products we actually sell,” the seller wrote.

Then I noticed an established seller with great feedback on Amazon was advertising a “new” model of the same speaker for 32 percent off.

So on March 4, I purchased it straight away — paying for it with my credit card via Amazon’s one-click checkout.

Most of those profits came in the form of credit card payments via Pay Pal.

But prior to v DOS’s takedown in September 2016, the service was already under siege thanks to work done by a group of academic researchers who teamed up with Pay Pal to identify and close accounts that v DOS and other booter services were using to process customer payments.

I can’t explain why, but I’m hyper-sensitive about giving out personal information. I have one, to build a credit rating, but I only use it to buy gas, so that there’s no profile of my real purchasing habits.