Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:18 pm
I probably didn't describe what I meant all that well. My understanding of Bitcoin is that it was largely, or at least in part, created as a vehicle to combat big banks and banking fees. I've also been told that the original intent was not to necessarily be an avenue for clandestine purchases.
I have not done this myself, but I have been told that you can download a fairly large file that will contain every Bitcoin transaction ever made? If I were to do so what would I find. The wallet number of the individuals involved in the transaction, or the wallets public key? Lets say I had a wallet number, or a public key? How do I trace that information back to an individual? As I mentioned in my OP I once downloaded two Bitcoin wallets. The registration of one of the wallets requested my banking information while the other did not.
So: If I were to be working a case involving a case involving Bitcoin I know that there would likely be additional information like phone numbers, email addresses and IP's. Those things can all be faked through various means. In those cases I either have a good idea of how to trace it back to an individual, or I know where to go to ask questions. Bitcoin on the other hand seems to be much different. I get that Bitcoins history is important, but how/if you can trace a transaction back to an individual is training that is lacking.
I'm not a cellular technology expert, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.