¡Para mis lectores espanoles!

NOTA: Sé que se supone que hay un acento sobre la “n” en el título, pero no funcionaba por alguna razón.

Me he dado cuenta de que recibo muchos comentarios en español últimamente. Muchos de ellos preguntan cómo acceder a la web oscura.

Como ya he dicho antes, acceder a la web oscura no es tan difícil. Simplemente vaya al sitio web Tor Project, o más específicamente, Download Tory descargue el Navegador Tor.

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Una vez instalado, la parte complicada puede ser encontrar enlaces de .onion. Este es el nombre de dominio que utilizan los sitios Tor.

Conozco algunas buenas listas de enlaces que puedes usar para encontrar sitios Tor:

http://jdpskjmgy6kk4urv.onion – ¡Bienvenido a Dark Web Links y más!

http://dlggj2krbqzm5dru.onion/ – Flare

http://gjobqjj7wyczbqie.onion/ – Candle

http://hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion – not Evil

http://bznjtqphs2lp4xdd.onion/ – Dark Web Links Buscador

http://darkdirmpmoq3uur.onion – DarkDir

http://zlal32teyptf4tvi.onion – Fresh Onions

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¡Por lo tanto, allí! Espero que esto te ayude a comenzar tus oscuras exploraciones web. Bajo el capó, Tor es un poco más complicado, pero estos son los conceptos básicos.

Si tiene otras preguntas, no dude en decirme en la sección de comentarios.

 

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Blockstack: A Decentralized Internet?

Given that I’m interested in alternative networks and/or browsers, I was immediately intrigued when I heard about Blockstack, which its developers describe as “a new internet for decentralized apps.”

blockstack_editedBlockstack uses the application layer of the traditional internet (the one you use every day, in other words), and offers tools for decentralized storage, authentication, and identity.

The apps are run through the Blockstack Browser, which you can also download from the site. (Note: if you want the Linux version, it’s a shell script.) Developers write the apps in JavaScript, and then plug into user-run APIs, cutting out the idea of central control points.

In a sense, this is similar to the Osiris system which I mentioned on an earlier post, Curious About Osiris? (i.e. there’s no central server or control point, and it operates in a decentralized manner). One major difference is that Blockstack is still actively being developed and maintained, and it will also eventually make use of cryptocurrencies and other technology.

At the moment, I’m not using the full browser, just the web app, which has limited functionality. Even so, the web app has several user-ready apps that you can try out, as well as several “token portfolio apps,” which you can log into via Blockstack.

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Graphite, for instance (under the “user-ready apps”), is a decentralized, encrypted replacement for things like Google G-Suite and Microsoft Office. Aww man, but I already have LibreOffice! (I kid.)

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Though I do use LibreOffice at home, there are times when I may not have access to it, or may want to try an alternative. With any of these apps, you merely sign in with Blockstack, and you’re all set (similar to syncing things with your Google account, if that’s what you’re accustomed to).

Like LibreOffice, MS Office, etc., Graphite has several different apps within it, called Documents, Sheets, Contacts, and Conversations:

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Documents, for example, is a word processor, and sheets (in case you couldn’t tell) is a spreadsheet. The interfaces look a bit similar to things like Google Docs and Google Hangouts, but they’re very simple and, of course, decentralized.

One downside might be that if you don’t know anyone else who’s using Blockstack, there wouldn’t be anyone to have “conversations” with yet, but you can always let people know about it…

This is mostly based on my first experience with these, so I don’t yet have a full grasp of Blockstack’s capabilities. Nonetheless, my first impressions are very positive. Besides, every piece of software has beta versions, doesn’t it?

Well guys, keep up the good work. I think we need many more decentralized browsers and apps, and this is a great start.

Besides, how can you not like something with an app called CoinKitty?

 

Are These Horror Stories True?

Those of you who are into the dark web (especially its more disturbing side) have surely heard many of the horror stories surrounding it – if that kind of thing interests you, anyway.

After spending more than two years on it, however, I can say that I’m certain many of those stories aren’t true. I’ve re-listened to them after getting a better understanding of how Tor (and its dark web contemporaries) work, and many times, the details don’t add up.

Nonetheless, there have been a couple of stories that are hard to shake. One of them, which you might know if you frequent Reddit at all, was called My visits to the darkest sites on the deep web.

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It’s a fairly long story, but the author, like me, had gone into the dark web to see what it was all about, and if you believe what he said, came out of the experience very scarred and with a lower opinion of humanity, so to speak.

Like the other horror stories, I have no idea if this one is true, but it was intriguing nonetheless. What was different about this particular story is that it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility. The gist of it is that the author ventures through numerous Tor sites, and eventually makes his way into some that are much worse than anything you could find on publicly available link repositories.

I have spent some time in dark web chat rooms, and a few of them were filled with people I would not want as neighbors (to put it nicely). In theory, had I been curious and had enough bitcoin, they may have led me to some very sick sites. Contrary to popular belief, that’s not really what interests me anymore.

On Quora, I recently came across a similar story, which I can link you to here: What are some scariest dark web experiences? Not unlike the previous story, it involves the author joining some dark web chat rooms out of curiosity, and eventually making her way to some horrifying content – I’m seeing a pattern here!

The last story of this nature that comes to mind is also from Reddit, and is entitled “NSFW farm.avi.” Perhaps you’ve heard this one? It details a series of four videos, which apparently used to be on Tor. They depicted several people in a farm-like setting being tortured by being treated, more or less, like cattle, and being forced to wear pigs’ heads. Sound like American Horror Story at all?

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Here, piggy, piggy, piggy…

I haven’t seen the actual video, but enough people claimed that it was real that it seemed believable (yeah, yeah, I know that doesn’t count as proof). After seeing that PsychoTube site, though, this story doesn’t seem so crazy! By the way, if anyone is a fan of Corpse Husband’s horror stories on YouTube, he does a great job of narrating this one: 3 MORE TERRIFYING DEEP WEB STORIES/DARK WEB Stories/Internet Experiences (Graphic)

All in all, it’s hard to say if any particular horror story is true without having experienced it yourself, but you can still enjoy them anyway.

Heck, I’m still hoping to meet Pennywise on the dark web; aren’t you?

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Curious About Osiris?

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I was looking at my stats the other day, and I noticed that people had been searching for the “Osiris Serverless Portal System,” which I mentioned on a few earlier posts.

What it is, in a nutshell, is software for creating web portals that are decentralized and don’t require a central server (hence the name). Part of the idea behind it (I think) is that opposed to standard forums you’d see on the clearnet, all users have the same rights. In other words, there aren’t mods, admins, and members; everyone has equal abilities.

The web portals are distributed, i.e. they are saved on many different computers throughout the Osiris network. Thus, if one machine fails, the data is still intact. If you’d like to download the software, visit Osiris – Downloads.

In some ways, it’s similar to Freenet, because of Freenet’s distributed data store. As Freenet says on their website, “Freenet is a distributed datastore, so once content is uploaded to Freenet, it will remain on Freenet forever, as long as it remains popular, without fear of censorship or denial of service attacks, and without needing to run your own web server and keep it online constantly.”

Likewise, content on Osiris remains there “forever,” so to speak, and you won’t need to run it on your own server. Osiris also emphasizes anonymity, which is another reason that I like it; you can create virtual “identities” to represent yourself on it. (This, too, is somewhat similar to Freenet.)

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The portals you create can either be “monarchical” (controlled by you) or “anarchical” (controlled by everyone) – essentially, anyone can decide what to see or not see, and what to do.

It also has different apps you can install; for instance, there’s a YouTube clone.

Unfortunately, last I checked, the software hadn’t been updated since 2011, so while you can still download it, it isn’t being actively maintained! That’s disappointing, because it seemed like a great idea.

Freenet, as far as I know, is the closest existing software that’s actively being maintained, although there are some newer projects that I know of, called Blockstack and Substratum, which have similar concepts.

I have less experience with these, so it’s hard to compare them. They’ll probably be the subject of future posts.

Anyhow, I recommend checking out Osiris, if you’re just curious. If you have other questions, you know where to find me…

 

Dark Web Secret Societies?

I’ve noticed that one of the common questions regarding the dark web is whether or not you can find websites for secret societies on it – especially the Illuminati. Why am I not surprised?

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Personally, in my experiences on the dark web so far, I have not come across anything relating to the Illuminati, per se, but I did find some other sites on which the groups referred to themselves as secret societies (or something similar).

One of the sites in question was called “Zadier Secret Society,” and I had found the link on Welcome to Dark Web Links and More!, which was one of the first sites I ever visited on Tor.

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At the time I clicked on it, the site was active. I remember that it took me to a login page, which you couldn’t get past without a username and password. It also featured a message that said, “We can see you. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Tor and a VPN, we can still see you!”

That may not have been true; perhaps it was just intended to freak out visitors to the site. Still, it was obvious that they didn’t want just anyone visiting. There are many sites like this on Tor, which isn’t that surprising, given that it’s designed for anonymity. More recently, I clicked on the same link, and it was down (hey, it’s Tor; what did you expect?).

There’s one “group” that I’ve encountered more recently that seems to still be active, however. One of their sites was called OWL’S CAGE (yes, in all caps), and is at http://bicxrvlly4dxueka.onion. I hate to disappoint you, readers, but last I checked, I got a “403 Forbidden” error when I clicked on the site.

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Now, does this mean only registered users can access it, or is the site incorrectly configured?

Anyway, some of the text on the site read:

The Form…

The File…

The Function…

Welcome to the World of Owl…

The Final Path is Near

The Dangers of the Era Conceals on IT!

Seek IT!

And you will find IT! 

…Good Luck!

Accompanying the text was a large image of an owl in the background. Again, I don’t have a copy of the exact image, but it looked similar to this:

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In a way, these sites reminded me a lot of the Cicada 3301 puzzles. They were rather vague, seemed to have a hidden meaning, and a secret society (apparently) created them.

While writing this, I did find one other site called jumpers – a big secret society (Egyptians only), which required a membership to access. Well, in case you couldn’t tell, I’m not Egyptian, so I guess that rules me out. (Oh well.) It looks cool, though, doesn’t it?

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Let me know if you come across more of these, readers!

You may find this ironic, but many of the more famous secret societies (for example, the Freemasons) have sites on the clearnet: http://www.freemasonnetwork.org/home

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And here’s one that’s supposedly for the Illuminati: Illuminati Official Website

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While their activities may be secret to the public, their websites don’t appear to be (unless they have secret websites for members).

As with the rest of the dark web, I think some of this secret society stuff is hype, with a grain of truth to it.

If you happen to discover any new information I may have missed, of course, feel free to mention it in the comments…if it’s not too secretive, that is!

Thanks for Quoting Me!

by Ciphas

On occasion, I’ve noticed that some other blogs and sites have quoted (or should I say plagiarized?) articles I’ve written.

Some people would be offended by this, I suppose, but in a way, I’m rather flattered. After all, they wouldn’t have quoted me if they didn’t like what I had written. I’m sure this happens all the time on the internet, right?

Call it the writer in me, but I was taught in high school and college to always cite my sources. While I do paraphrase from time to time, I feel a twinge of guilt if I don’t cite them.

In my earlier post Exposing A Scam: V3RDAD, I mentioned that this particular person was attempting to get people to download some kind of software that supposedly allowed you to access another anonymity network. Perhaps I was a little harsh on him – so I apologize, V3RDAD. No hard feelings!

It was this same person who quoted my blog (and some articles I had written) on his blog, .NOW.H3R3.

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So, as a gesture of friendship, I say go check out his blog – he has some interesting technological reviews on there.

The passages that he quoted, however, were on the articles ChaosVPN and The OpenNIC Project, albeit in Portuguese:

“Você tem que admitir isso – mesmo o nome parece intrigante, não é? ChaosVPN é uma VPN destinada a conectar hackers e hackerspaces. O Chaos Computer Club, com sede em Hamburgo, na Alemanha, projetou-o.”

In English, that would be “You have to admit it – even the name sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? ChaosVPN is a VPN designed to connect hackers and hackerspaces. The Chaos Computer Club, based in Hamburg, Germany, designed it.”

This was quoted directly from an article I wrote for Deepdotweb about ChaosVPN, called ChaosVPN: The Hackers’ VPN!

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Really, it doesn’t matter. I’m sure this kind of thing happens all the time, but I do like to get credit for my work! One inaccuracy I must point out, though, is that on the blog, it says that ChaosVPN has something to do with the Shadow Web (one of the myths about it), and it certainly doesn’t. It’s merely a VPN, and nothing more mysterious than that.

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As I’ve addressed on previous entries, there is no such thing as the “Shadow Web,” although I’m sure many people will still believe in it (just as people think there’s a flat Earth. Don’t get me started on that!).

Anyhow, to anyone that copied what I wrote, I don’t take it personally. I assume that you just found the articles interesting, and wanted to repost them. No worries.

To return the favor, I’ll link to a few of V3RDAD’s posts:

Site na ZeroNet hospeda arquivos vazados da NSA

EquaCoin

Invisible IRC

Enjoy. Stay safe in your dark web travels.

Have I Been Pwned? (Maybe.)

Has all my talk about the dark web and malware come back to bite me in the ass? Maybe…

One of my readers sent me a message and informed me that according to the site Quttera, I had malware on this very blog. For all my talk about being safe and blah blah blah, it is a little ironic that I could have malware on my own site, isn’t it? Here were the scan results, according to them:

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So, I have one malicious file and one “potentially suspicious” file? Well, that’s cause for concern, but it could have been worse. Of course, according to them, if I want to remove said malware, I have to sign up for the paid version (isn’t that always the case?).

Oddly enough, I tried a few other scans, such as Blacklist Website Checker and Is It Hacked?, and according to those, I was clean! So which one is it, then?

I suppose it’s not unlike scanning your computer or device with different antivirus programs: they won’t pick up everything. And look: as I’ve said before, I’m not a full-fledged “hacker” (at least not yet), although I’m in the process of learning. You have to make a few mistakes before you get there. (To tell the truth, I’m shying away from the term “hacking,” since it has so many connotations. How about “coder”?)

Given that my site is still functioning, for the most part, that’s good news! I did some searching, and found a few tools that are designed to remove such malware:

Wordfence Site Cleanings

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Wordfence is a site cleaning service specifically geared toward WordPress and Joomla sites. Their services include:

  • Cleaning Infections
  • Analyzing how an attacker gained entry
  • Removing malicious code and malware
  • Showing you a detailed report of the removal and investigation
  • Using 20+ site blacklists to help keep your site clean
  • Offering a detailed checklist to help prevent future attacks

Price: $179

Sucuri

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SiteGuarding

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6Scan

6scan

StopTheHacker

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Web Malware Removal

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SiteLock

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Virusdie

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Comodo cWatch

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Unfortunately, all of these, while they may scan you for free, charge money to remove any malware you come across. (Gotta make a living, right?)

If you don’t want to use the paid software, there’s always the manual option – but then, of course, you have to know what you’re doing, and it can take longer as well.

Anyhow, my site seems to be working fine at the moment, but if anything else suspicious happens…maybe I’ll take one of these scanners up on their offer.