even still, VPN accounts are mapped to some type of traceable currency.. VPN servers log the IP that initiates the VPN connection.
so at every point you are at the mercy of your financial institution, your ISP, VPN provider, email service, etc.
scenario as it plays out...
investigative agency: email service what IP is email account [email protected] using ?
email service: that account is using IP x.x.x.x
investigative agency: ISP ABC(or VPN provider EFG), who is using IP x.x.x.x at this date/time ?
ISP/VPN-Provider: IP x.x.x.x at date/time, is being used by customer jon q public at physical address 123 some st anycity, usa
While many VPN providers say they do not log their users' activities in order to protect anonymity, it's not often their claims get tested in the wild. However, a criminal complaint filed by the FBI this week notes that a subpoena sent to Private Internet Access resulted in no useful data being...