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Alienet: a Different Sort of VPN

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by Ciphas

Good morning, readers! I’m back after quite the hiatus. I confess this is because I’ve been writing for other publications! (That’s good, right?)

I’ve also been (as the title says) exploring quite a few more darknets beyond just Tor, I2P, and Freenet. Maybe this is obvious to some, but those three are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Anyhow, those of you who watch SomeOrdinaryGamers on YouTube (specifically his “Deep Web Browsing” series), might recognize the site above, called Alienet. He covered it in his video AYYLMAO PARALLEL NET!?!.

According to the person (people?) who run Alienet, it’s a VPN-based hidden network, that emphasizes privacy, anonymity, and security.

In their words (misspellings left intact):

Alienet is the only hidden network that will totally hide your ass from the big brother: when you’re connected to Alienet, your machine will result OFFLINE for the entire internet wolrd! Is that safe enough? Enjoy my dears…..

Spelling and grammar errors aside, I do believe that Alienet is a legit network (in spite of Tor’s plethora of scams).

It uses OpenVPN, an open-source SSL VPN. OpenVPN allows remote access, site-to-site VPNs, and a number of other configurations.

In order to join Alienet, you have to install OpenVPN (of course), and then ask for an Alienet Client Key. The admin will ask you for some particular information, including your operating system, encryption keys, and a contact email.

 

OK, sounds pretty simple, right? I haven’t actually connected to the network yet, but I have tried one of their other services, specifically AnonyMail, which is a privacy-themed email service.

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Of note: AnonyMail works on both the clearnet and on the Tor network, so you can receive emails from darknet email clients like SIGAINT and OnionMail, as well as most clearnet email providers.

I did a test email to one of my darknet friends through AnonyMail, and it worked with no issues, so I’m assuming that it’s perfectly OK.

The other day, I also finally connected to OpenVPN (I was having password issues initially), and it works just fine. So…once I finish the Alienet process, I’ll probably do a “Part 2” about that.

The site also explains that once you connect to Alienet, you can access “.anon sites,” which aren’t official DNS names – they certainly aren’t listed at IANA – Root Zone Database (i.e. the official list of approved domain names). I believe this is how the .onion domain name was originally created.

Some DNS names, after they’ve been submitted for approval, do become official names, but that takes a long time.

Anyhow, I thought this might interest some of you. Take a look at the network, and let me know if you find anything interesting!

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Have you heard of the dark web? Simply put, it's the "hidden internet" built on networks like Tor. "Secrets of the Dark" chronicles my dark web experiences, but is also aimed at demythologizing it and teaching about it. Want to reproduce one of the "horror stories"? Contact me at ciphas@protonmail.com.

5 responses to “Alienet: a Different Sort of VPN

  1. They make no DNS hack… the documentation is clear: you’ll receive an ‘hosts’ file to use in /etc/hosts (in linux systems).

    This has the obvious result need no dns server to connect the site. What I wonder is how they update MY hosts files once connected.

    Probably, but I’m not sure, the machine giving access (the VPN Server) has a DNS own server configured with .anon urls and not conneted to any root server. This could work … and it easy to discover: just read the openvpn client configuration file. Inside you can see if DNS is configured or not and if the DNS is pointing on the VPN server or not,
    If not this means they simply use the ‘hosts’ files, but a method to update it should exist in any case 🙂

  2. Anon1 ⋅

    I wrote to the project’s owner (or staff don’t sure, but they reply me very soon). i made some questions, and i’ll write here the replies:
    About your questions i’ll try ro reply:

    What will you access?
    I’m not sure if you was talking about contents or networks, so i’ll reply for both:
    – in Alienet there isn’t allowed absolutly pedoshits, violence and racism. For the rest you’ll be able to find all is discovered (not all alienet users love to show their site, so many sites are “hidden” but hidden for real)
    – I fyou mean the “proxy” alienet is not a proxy. it’s a close hidden network, nothing enter and nothing goes out from alienet. (during your alienet sessions, your pc will result offline, and you will not be able to surf web, nor tor….the same happens for the other networks….anyother network out of alienet isn’t able to surf it.

    About hidden services: in alienet you can run anykind of service: from the simple website, to more complex webapps, forums, IRC servers(we still run an irc into alienet), mail servers, jabber, and all you can imagine. kjust know that nothing can be accessed from outside, and nothing can go out of alienet.

    About the IP: since alienet is auth-key, doesn’t need “real ip” to open the tunnel.
    Alienet doesn’t care (and doesn’t check) the incoming Ip request, it just validate the provided key (encrypted with 4096 bit, like all the tunneling is encrypted), and is Alienet that will ASSIGN AN IP. What about the alienet ip? Since it doesn’t need Real surfable ip from outside, all “assigned” ip are fake IP (some like 6.1.x.x) and it’s useful to use only if you wish to run an hidden servixe. Registering anon domains is optional, your hidden services will work also without. Like you can organize a your own “dns” with your cooperators (they should use alienet too).
    The official Alienet domain extension is domain.anon (register form is here: alienethd.anon/reg.php), but there are group of users that created their own dns, spreading they’re own “hosts” files.

    alienet is completely open and customizable. It only works for connection.

    I hope that is useful.

  3. I liked the Tor hidden service for Alienet! I attempted to run it on my computer but there was something in the settings preventing it from executing. I think I have to change the “permissions.”

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