The process, outlined below, is completely sound (except for the use of a VPN instead of Tor). Compartmentation of the enterprise into a physical box. Use of a VM to further restrict the information available, and then use of an emulator rather than a phone. This is a sound approach. The weak point is definitely the VPN and the money transfer. Also, the other technologies listed (Kik, google voice, etc) are not secure against subpoena.
A source with direct knowledge of Instagram’s drug trade sent me a document that lays out the process to circumvent the app’s mobile-only posting restrictions. It’s deceptively simple. It’s also perfectly legal (except for the actual “selling drugs” part).
- Start with a new laptop. Cheap is fine.
- Install and run Ubuntu.
- Install VirtualBox, which lets you use a “guest” OS in a window inside your computer’s main OS without making it vulnerable. This sandbox environment is generally used for safely testing apps and software or running old software that isn’t supported by a current OS.
- Download and run an Android OS emulator in VirtualBox. We won’t link directly to that part, but essentially you’ll end up with an Android OS running in a window inside your Linux system.
- Download a VPN. At approximately $50, an annual subscription is a steal, especially if you’d like to safely sell drugs directly to Instagram’s massive audience.
Inside the Android emulator, connect to the Internet via the VPN.
- Use the emulator to download the Instagram app.