Non-traditional or less attributable payment options

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Non-traditional or less attributable payment options
ID PRE-T1093
Tactic Adversary OPSEC


Using alternative payment options allows an adversary to hide their activities. Options include crypto currencies, barter systems, pre-paid cards or shell accounts.1

Difficulty for the Adversary

Easy for the Adversary (Yes/No): Yes

Explanation: Easy to use pre-paid cards or shell accounts to pay for services online. Crypto currencies and barter systems can avoid use of trace-able bank or credit apparatus.


Detectable by Common Defenses (Yes/No/Partial): No

Explanation: Defender likely will not have access to payment information. Monitoring crypto-currency or barter boards is resource intensive and not fully automatable.