Re: Privacy and policing
"for those that promote untraceable financial transaction systems, be aware that this is the enabler"
That right there.
Where did the popup come from? Irrelevant. (it's not the computer of the bank account holder, and in the end after trace after trace, it may have simply come from some random WEP secured wifi anyway)
The only reason this persists is that at some point a government or police department can't gain access to the bank account holder. Period. The end.
I agree with the commenter above that the only real way to combat this is with education. Educate people that the police will never "bill" you with Bitcoin or Paypal and the problem goes away. I mean really educate, not some PSA played 3 times at 23:56 in the middle of the night in-between infomercials, but in the paper, on the local movie theater ads before the movies, and billboards.