Hidden Clubs: What’s the Password??

The first rule of Hidden Clubs is – you do not talk about Hidden Clubs.

Lo and behold, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a dark web site with numerous exclusive “clubs” that either require an invite or can only be entered with a certain number of “points” on the site.

If you want the link, here it is: http://x7giprgefwfvkeep.onion/

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To register, you have to use a fake email address, as in “gebryotes@fake.onion.” Once that’s done, go through the “Club Directory” pictured above, and find things that interest you.

Of course, I had to join the MadIRC club, because they’re awesome, right? At the moment, that, and a few other clubs (as you can see in the screenshot) are the ones I’ve joined. So far, I’ve “gained access” by asking for an invite. I imagine this isn’t the case with all of the clubs, if they’re more “secretive.”

If they’re anything similar to sites like Suicide Apartment or the now-defunct dark0de, then they won’t give out invites to just anyone – but you never know.

One of the more interesting clubs I came across was called “Silk Road,” (yeah that), and claimed to be a “new” market, or something along those lines. If you want my opinion, the Silk Road brand is dead, but good luck!

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So, what’s the point of all this, then? I suppose that, like much of Tor, it’s intended for privacy and anonymity – or just to sound cool. I’ve noticed that, any time I say that a site is exclusive or members only, people keep asking how to get in. Ironically, once they do get in, the sites have a tendency to look disappointing.

Don’t get me wrong – I think Hidden Clubs is entertaining, but so far I haven’t figured out anything all that secretive about it. Maybe the problem is that I haven’t earned enough points yet.

That being said, I should start my own club on there. Any suggestions as to what to call it?

 

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Red Triangle: Unsolved Parts!

So, rather than just repeat everything from the Red Triangle puzzle that’s already been solved, I thought it might be fun to analyze the parts that are yet unsolved! (At least by the community, that is.)

Referring to the wiki again, the most recent piece that’s been solved is called Lust, which is at http://hvdnczxro3ssxkau.onion. On that page is this image:

red_triangle_lust

Go back to where you came from.
Go back to where it began.
Go home my child.
To where it is safe.

 I would go back to where I came from, but I’m not sure where that is.

On this same page is a file called “Cake.rar,” at the link http://hvdnczxro3ssxkau.onion/Cake.rar (Note: if “.onion” doesn’t work, try “.onion.link”; just make sure you’re using the Tor Browser.)

I haven’t tried this yet, but if you combine the characters from the various pages on the link above, it gets you the next onion link.

Anyhow, the following pieces of the puzzle are still unsolved (at the time of this writing, anyway):

  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Wrath

Gluttony is at this link: http://xvp2vy5iwzmeam5e.onion

It consists of this image:

red_triangle_gluttony

According to the wiki (yes, I cheated again), ROT-17 and Base64 decode the top string, while ROT-23 and Base64 decode the bottom string. The others haven’t yet been figured out (at least not by the group of solvers).

The red text at the bottom of the page still hasn’t been solved, either. Anyone care to take a crack at it?

Greed is at this link: http://no327mkyg2mmflx3.onion

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As you can see from the image above, it consists of that spiral, with the accompanying message:

Stare into my Eyes, what do you see

Greedy Greedy Greedy children receive nothing.

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45Bf5d4674e8d9g54d96d4dgcgA65c6A

On this site are three other pages with additional parts to the puzzle:

http://no327mkyg2mmflx3.onion/Sunshine.html

http://no327mkyg2mmflx3.onion/Raindrops.html

http://no327mkyg2mmflx3.onion/Pi.html

These pages each have more encoded messages. Here’s an image of Sunshine, for the curious:

red_triangle_sunshine

Obviously, the text on the top and bottom is in Cyrillic, though I’m not positive what language it is. And the text in the center is Hebrew, but I haven’t had a chance to translate it yet.

Also, clearly the symbols on the left are significant as well, but they don’t look familiar at the moment. Help me out here, puzzle solvers!

Page 3, “Raindrops,” has this message:

red_triangle_raindrops

This page has a sequence of numbers (a Pascal’s Triangle):

1

1 1

1 4 1

1 9 9 1

1  16  36  16  1

1 25 100 100 25 1

149 441 1225 1225 441 49 1

1 64 784 3136 4900 3136 84 64 1

1 81 1296 7056 15876 15876 7056 1296 81 1

As to how the Pascal’s Triangle leads to the next clue, I’m not positive – the sequence of numbers is usually significant, and there may be another pattern I haven’t figured out yet!

Finally, page 4 is called “Pi,” and looks like this:

red_triangle_pi

Hmm…that sequence of letters looks familiar, doesn’t it? If you want the spoiler, go to the wiki. Or you can try and figure it out by yourself.

Anyhow, do you guys and gals think you can solve some of these unsolved riddles? Leave your answers in the comments.

 

Interview with DrBundy, Hitman Site Operator

On the dark web, or more specifically, Tor, “hitman” sites are a dime a dozen. I had assumed that most were scams, based on both my experience and revelations about sites like Besa Mafia.

Nonetheless, when someone gave me the opportunity to interview a person who runs one of these sites, I couldn’t resist. The person in question is DrBundy, who runs a crowdfunded assassination site called DrBundy’s network. What I found a bit different about his site (as opposed to its competitors) is that they claim to target pedophiles, who, even on the dark web, are at the low end of the totem pole. Also, the profile pic he sometimes uses looks similar to this:

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I say that gets him cool points. Anyhow, I chatted with DrBundy recently, and got a few insights into running such a site.

Secrets of the Dark: Do you have an official website for your business? If so, what’s the onion link?

DrBundy: Yes, it is here, http://drbundyscn6tebow.onion/

SotD: What are some methods you might use to knock someone off?

DB: Preferably a gun. almost always a gun.

SotD: Are you a legitimate assassin? Many of the “hitman” sites on Tor have turned out to be fake.

DB: I have never been an assassin, or a hitman. These days I’m just the go-between and escrow for the clients and hitmen/women who are looking for work.

SotD: In relation to that, what is your opinion of other hitman sites on Tor, like Dark Mamba?

DB: In general, if they offer dumb things like torture and assault, it’s probably a scam.

SotD: Do you offer other services besides hits? For example, could you have someone beaten up, but not killed?

DB: No, “Dead men tell no tales”. I don’t want any of my hitmen compromised or caught because they went to “beat someone up” for a few dollars. We are not thugs.

SotD: What form of payment would you accept for transactions? For instance, bitcoin has sometimes been traced back to the person who did the transaction. Is there another one you might use?

DB: No, Our money guy takes care of the tracking issues. His job is solely to play with bitcoins and do whatever it is a money guy does before it’s split up and sent out to the respective parties (I.E. the hitman) when the job is completed.

SotD: Operating a service like this would require some technical knowledge as well. Do you manage it all yourself, or do you have a partner who handles the technical side?

DB: I have partners who handle almost every aspect of the service. Its designed so even if one of us goes down, we can continue the service with little to no interuption like when our tech guy went down and our site was down for awhile. We still contiued on, but we had no site for about a month while we rebuilt it.

SotD: I have heard through the grapevine that your service is very active. Without naming names, has it been successful so far?

DB: Yes, [but] we’ve been struggling to keep up lately.

SotD: How long have you been in this business, and when did you start using the dark web for it?

DB: The business side is a recent thing; it came around about the same time I became active on the dark [web]. In the past, I simply hunted pedos out of hate and disgust. This simply funds that.

SotD: Because part of your business has to operate offline, how do you maintain your anonymity?

DB: My side of the business operates solely online.

SotD: Where did you learn the skills that you need for this job? (For example, the military or a street gang.)

DB: Trial and error. Nothing says failure like a broken jaw and a gunshot wound from your own gun.

SotD: How can you guarantee that you would go through with a hit? For example, do you take a down payment, and then the customer pays the rest after it’s been carried out?

DB: I don’t carry out the hits. We are simply a network, if one man fails for whatever reason, we simply send another. If for some reason, we are just failing to complete the job, we will issue a refund. We have a reputation to build and maintain.

SotD: Are you the best assassin on the dark web? It looks like you have a lot of competition.

DB: Who knows?  But I do know that most are fake.

SotD: I like the idea that you have a “Save-a-Child Foundation” on your site (i.e. stopping pedophiles). Has this been a successful point of business for you?

DB: The business is based around the Save-a-Child Foundation. It was the reason I got into it. I could care less if people hire us to kill their ex-husband or wife; my main purpose in life is to kill pedophiles.

SotD: What else would you be willing to tell people about yourself?

DB: My name is not really Dr. Bundy.

Hidden Top-Level Domains? (Ooooohhhh!)

A reader asked me about one of my posts from 2016 regarding “hidden TLDs,” i.e. top-level domain names. I think this may have been the post he was referring to: No, That Doesn’t Exist (Really!)

If you haven’t read it, I was referencing a now-deleted post on the site Ghostbin, which had a list of supposed “.clos” and “.loky” links, which I’m certain are fictitious. The original post isn’t there anymore, but there’s a similar one here: https://pastebin.com/ijzDHLwQ

Whoever’s doing these posts is either a troll or a scammer, because there are no “.clos” or “.loky” links.

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I’m not sure how they came up with the “.loky” thing (a reference to Loki, I suppose?), but the “.clos” domain is a reference to the whole “closed shell system” idea from that stupid ocean levels infographic.

Never fear, though – there are some newer TLDs that you may not know about! In an earlier post I briefly mentioned the decentralized DNS called the OpenNIC Project. If you’re curious about checking that out, it does have some unusual domain names, like .bbs, .chan, .dyn, .fur, .gopher, .libre, .neo, .parody, and .pirate!

One of the cool sites on this DNS is a search engine called grep.geek, which is like their version of Google, more or less.

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Pretty simple, right? I’ve done some exploring with it, but as with Tor, many of its sites are down. In fact, I’d venture to say that OpenNIC has more sites that are down that Tor does. The way I access it is through a browser extension called Blockchain DNS, which you can download from blockchain-dns.info.

On that same site is an “explorer,” which lists many (or perhaps all) of the BDNS sites. These use unofficial TLDs through Namecoin, Emercoin, and OpenNIC.

blockchain-dns_edited

Good luck finding some that are online, though! Often, I would get this:

onlinefzx_bit_edited

It reminded me of going through the list of sites on All Onion Services; there are countless sites, but very few of them are online. Either that, or they’re only accessible with the proper authorization. Here and there, I found some that were online, and they included forums, personal sites, and chans (similar to 4chan).

endchan_edited

Of course, you can access endchan without OpenNIC, too – this is just the mirror site on that network. As for any other little-known TLDs, I’m not sure if there are any. On the site shadowlife.bit they mention that they have their own darknet called the Cryptogroup Darknet (CG Darknet for short). The same site is also available on Tor and I2P.

The domain name they use is .cryptogroup, although the only site I know of on it is their official one, anarplex.cryptogroup. This one, unfortunately, I don’t have access to, and from what I gather, you have to get a (paid) membership with their crypto-anarchist group in order to use the related software. Oh well…

Other than that, you also have networks like Freenet, whose sites have names like this:

127.0.0.1:8888/freenet/USK@UUwHs81dv-HsJR9oETUz8xEhcZu5GMRCzbmchFATmx8,lo9v6O3xGhMHX-dh5UZFGd92Rsvv~fIFRYxGZ1VeKpQ,AQACAAE/minecraft-freenet-portal/7/

Anyhow, readers, I hope you get the chance to check out Blockchain DNS, OpenNIC, or some of these other alternative networks I’ve mentioned.

Maybe I’ll even make a secretsofthedark.pirate soon!

Red Triangle Part 3: Toughest So Far!

Someone commented on my previous post that Mutahar, a.k.a. SomeOrdinaryGamers, had mentioned one of the Red Triangle sites on his episode THE EDGIEST CONFESSIONS!?! – Deep Web Browsing 149.

Nevertheless, I don’t think he made the connection between the puzzle and that particular onion site. (Heck, I only did it recently.) So here it is again:

Text1

“Increase your common thought process, become anything, anything if not all, mankind is the only individual that currently stands in your way. Reach out, reach inwards, connect to yourself, connect to you become apart of the universe.

“The reasons for hate will go unanswered; Progress onwards with only the idea of individualism; The fundamental ideas of individualism are the answer. Progression -Individualism – Logical Thinking”

As to what all that means, I don’t know, but it’s fun to speculate, right?

Anyhow, I haven’t explored Red Triangle Chapter 3 in much detail yet, but it contains several different ciphers and symbols.

red_triangle_chapter_3

I have a confession to make, guys and gals; I’m not always so good at deciphering these types of things without “technological assistance.” Nonetheless, this chapter, as well, has already been solved by its related Discord group, and if you want the answers, just go to the wiki and cheat! Ɛ‾ɹǝʇdɐɥƆ/ᴉʞᴉʍ/ɯoɔ˙ɐᴉʞᴉʍ˙ǝlƃuɐᴉɹʇ-pǝɹ//:sdʇʇɥ (Taking a cue from the newspaper, I wrote the text upside-down for fun!)

There’s also an audio clip which sounds a lot like cicadas chirping, but is most likely a sound cipher. At present, I don’t have the equipment on me to decode it; have a listen for yourself. (Actually, the answer to this one is also on the wiki, but again, I hate to give away the answer to you puzzle solvers!!)

Of note: if you click on the red triangle symbol on this particular page, it downloads an image called Pointers.png, which is a clue to solving this part of the puzzle:

Pointers

Have you made the connection yet? There is, of course, more to this, but again, I didn’t want to give away all of the answers. In fact, maybe I should go to some unsolved pieces of the puzzle and see if I can discover anything!

If I do, I’ll write an update.

Red Triangle Part 2

I decided to look further into this Red Triangle puzzle, although I’m playing catch-up, because the “solvers” are already a lot farther along than me!

Anyhow, if you click the https://paxt4n6urwx7uiah.onion/ link, you are taken to a new page, which looks like this:

redtriangle_2_edited

As you can see, it has the familiar Red Triangle logo, and also has the song “White Rabbit” playing in the background, which may be a clue as well. Beneath the triangle is what appears to be a representation of the Fibonacci sequence; if you inspect this closer, there is a hidden date (“11/24/17”).

Of note: the Red Triangle wiki mentions that this page is playing the same music as this one: rW1EjLjCrOuM5Ee. At the time I started writing this post, the latter site was playing some very fast electronic music, which I couldn’t identify offhand, and featured this image:

 

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The text reads:

Eagles rain fire on the Canaanite, as the merchant

of wine challenges Cyrus, The sword of Lilly joins

forces with Jacob’s adopted children.

At the time of this writing, the site features a different video, which looks like this:

cicada_video.png

It isn’t the first time I’ve seen another site use the Cicada imagery and themes; I have no idea if this one is genuine or not, but I doubt it. I’m also unsure as to whether this site is related to Red Triangle in any way, but it doesn’t appear to be.

Anyhow, I digress. In Chapter 2 of the Red Triangle puzzle, if you view the source code, you’ll find an HTML comment with another triangle image and the words, “Coeus’s blood rains upon the mortal men” repeated three times.

I had some difficulty accessing the Chapter 2 site on Tor, believe it or not, but according to the official wiki (yes, I had to cheat):

In the background, in the RedRoom.mp3 during the first 30 seconds of the audio there is a robot voice speaking very slowly and in reverse, when the first 30 seconds are sped up and reversed again, you can hear the robot voice speaking a URL .onion link, along with the message “Follow the White Rabbit” and the URL it gives is https://paxt4n6urwx7uiah.onion.link/112417at at first people where having trouble connecting to the URL but when adding .html to the end, it connects you with Chapter 3 of the puzzle. Also included in the Meta data [sic] of the audio is the name Red Man, which seems to be one of the people behind the entire puzzle.

Oddly enough, I was exploring the link list Fresh Onions the other day, and happened to come across one of these sites without realizing it was even connected to Red Triangle:

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I had only seen the text on the left, so it’s interesting to read the translation. Any thoughts on this?

Not Marianas Web Again! *Facepalm*

One of the persistent “deep web” myths that I’ve tried to debunk, since writing this blog, is the so-called “Marianas Web” (or is it “Mariana’s Web”?). And I know I’ll never convince everyone about this, so why try?

Well, because it’s fun! I was chatting with someone earlier today, and he said that “[Marianas Web] has been proven.” Proven? So then, where’s the proof?

I’ve shared the so-called “deep web levels” infographic with you all before, so let me just slap it on here again, for the hell of it:

Deep_web_lies

Honestly, is this your “proof” of its existence? Because that’s pretty damn flimsy. Unfortunately, myths have a way of sticking around, and because the deep web levels thing is very romanticized and mysterious sounding, I can see why people would want to believe in it. It’s much like Atlantis or El Dorado, or the idea of a flat Earth (don’t get me started on that!).

If you actually read the details of what’s written on the different “levels,” very little of it makes sense. For instance, there’s no such thing as a “closed shell system,” or “Gadolinium Gallium Garnet Quantum Electronic Processors (GGGQEP).” Of course, for the people who do believe this to be accurate, many haven’t actually ventured onto the so-called “dark web” in the first place.

The actual “dark web,” as I’ve talked about frequently, consists of various networks, including Tor, I2P, Freenet, ZeroNet, GNUnet, and others. I’ve used all of these at some point, and while they’re interesting, they’re nowhere near as mysterious as the misinfographic makes them out to be.

Most of you know Tor by now, I assume. The other networks simply require you to download the software and run it, and on occasion, modify your proxy settings or change configurations in the included files.

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There are a few I haven’t used as well, like Marabunta and some of the P2P networks, but usually when I get to check them out, they’re not all that strange or creepy.

marabunta

For example, there’s a network called Freifunk (“free radio”), based in Germany, that is a decentralized wireless network. I’ve used it, and to be honest, the coolest thing about it was that you could have “internet” connection in areas where your ISP’s connection was iffy.

freifunk.png

All that being said, if you still want to prove me wrong, then please – tell me where I find this mysterious “Marianas Web.” I’m waiting…