Red Triangle Wiki Deleted!

For those of you who have been following this whole “red triangle” puzzle like I have, you may be disappointed to find out that the official wiki (on wikia, at least) has been deleted for not being a valid community.

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Not valid? Why? Were there not enough fans?

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I’m not sure why this is the case – perhaps the mods of that site didn’t find it to be relevant enough. However, there are some other sites with information about the puzzle (Reddit, of course!) Here’s the reddit thread (under r/ARG) for those who are interested: The Red Triangle – Cryptic deep web puzzle

Also, there are some YouTube videos about it – are you surprised? YouTube loves this kind of stuff!

Fright Knight, whose content I haven’t checked out much yet, has an in-depth video about it: The Unsolved Mystery of the Cryptic Deep Web Red Triangle Puzzle

There’s also some basic information on Steemit by (who else?) Defango, who brought attention to the whole thing in the first place: The Red Triangle Puzzle – updates.

Like Cicada 3301’s puzzles, there’s an endless amount of speculation and debate as to what these could be about. Are they a recruiting tool? Are they just for fun? Do they hint at something more sinister?

I don’t have any definitive answers about this, but since the wiki is gone, you puzzle solvers could use my blog posts as a reference, if you like! Unfortunately, I don’t have all the detailed lists of solutions that the wiki had previously.

In any case, it’s no big deal. I’m sure lots of other puzzles and mysteries will come along, but this one just happened to be one of the more intriguing ones as of late.

If you have any other mysteries to pass along, readers, feel free to share them in the comments. I like a good challenge.

 

 

 

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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.

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

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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).

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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 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:

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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:

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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?

Psycho Social Network: New and Improved!

One of my favorite dark web social networks, Psycho Social Network, recently had a major upgrade – and it looks pretty cool! If you need the link again, here: http://psycnets7z6tvpa.onion

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Yeah, yeah, I know that’s not quite the kind of photo you’d expect from a site called “Psycho Social Network.” Well, trust me, there’s plenty of gore and nudity to go around. (I generally try to keep this blog PG or PG-13 at most, because I never know who might view it.)

In case you were wondering, yes, I’m “psychouste” on there – my avatar is Ed Kemper. No, I’m not actually a serial killer, but they do fascinate me. (Oh, and yes, you’d better believe I binge watched Mindhunter.) If we happen to meet on there, I’m always looking to make new friends!

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Above are some of the groups on Psycho Social Network, including “Gore & Torture,” “Foro Porno,” and “Murder in the Thirst,” which I may have mentioned on one of my previous posts about this site. See? I told you there was interesting stuff!

Anyhow, I think that this site fits the theme of what a lot of people expect from the “dark web,” probably because they’ve heard too many horror stories and are imagining it to be the worst of the worst.

The only thing that isn’t allowed, to my knowledge, is CP (and maybe scams too). There are probably other “social networks” for that, as much as I hate to admit it.

So how is this site different from the other social networks? Well, it doesn’t look like Facebook, for one! Two, it definitely draws from the darker side of things.

I just like that there’s a place for all of us psychos to congregate. Feel free to join us!

 

 

 

Darknet Market Shopping?

Good afternoon, readers! I’ve been getting a lot of questions in private messages about buying goods on darknet markets recently, so I thought I’d share some general advice from what I know.

There has been a lot of turmoil in the darknet market world lately, due to the shutdowns of major markets like AlphaBay and Hansa, as well as many arrests. Just so you know, there’s never a guarantee that you won’t get caught.

That aside, first – figure out which markets are reliable, in general.

DeepDotWeb.com has a master list of darknet markets that are, at the very least, not phishing links or scams: Darknet Markets List. This helps you to weed out marketplaces that are phishing links from the very beginning.

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If you aren’t comfortable using their clearnet site, then they have a Tor hidden service as well: http://deepdot35wvmeyd5.onion. Keep in mind, of course, that like lots of other Tor sites, many phishing sites have been made of DeepDotWeb as well (with market phishing sites under the listings)! I find that the site DNStats is pretty helpful this way too; if you don’t want to use their clearnet site, try http://dnstatstzgfcalax.onion (no, that’s not a phishing link!).

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Once you’ve chosen the market that interests you, then make sure you have a good bitcoin wallet, like Electrum Bitcoin Wallet, which, in general, is considered to be one of the most secure.

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Of course, you’ll need to have some bitcoin as well, or Monero, or whatever cryptocurrency your market of choice accepts. Some others are beginning to take Ethereum or Litecoin.

Finally, register for the market that you have in mind. The process is different depending on the market, but in general, you need to come up with a username and password, and sometimes a PIN to withdraw bitcoins. Many of them give you the option to upload your PGP key as well (which I would recommend). You can use your PGP key not only to encrypt messages, but also as a form of two-factor authentication (2FA).

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Once you’ve done all that, then shop around as usual. It can also help to sign up for the market’s official forum, or to use one like DNM Avengers, so that you can get good feedback on which vendors are legit.

One of the trickiest parts of all this can be receiving your goods, so try to ensure that whichever vendor you use is good with “stealth.” Strangely enough, you should probably have the goods delivered to your home address, unless you live with your parents. Or at the very least, have it delivered somewhere that you trust, where the package is less likely to be intercepted. I assume that by doing all this, you know of the potential consequences.

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Some of this, unfortunately, you just have to learn from experience. It seems inevitable that whenever you’re new to something, you’re going to make mistakes.

Must-See Onion Sites? Request from ExpressVPN

The makers of ExpressVPN contacted me via email and asked if I would share a link to their article 9 must-see .onion sites from the depths of the dark web. Very well, there you go! The article also mentions that ExpressVPN has their own Tor hidden service: http://expressobutiolem.onion/ (I should probably do that at some point.)

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While I appreciate that they reached out to me, I read the article, and I somewhat disagree that these are the “best” onion sites on the dark web. Why?

Well, first of all, most of them have clearnet mirrors. If you’re looking for sites that are unusual or different from what’s available on the clearnet, then these aren’t necessarily what people have in mind.

For instance, one of the sites they list is http://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/ (DuckDuckGo), which is also on the clearnet at https://duckduckgo.com. Another example is http://blockchainbdgpzk.onion/, which is also on the clearnet at https://blockchain.info/.

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There are many other sites like this as well, such as Beneath VT (http://74ypjqjwf6oejmax.onion/), which you can find on the clearnet at http://beneathvt.com.

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To give ExpressVPN the benefit of the doubt, I will say that sites like these are a good “introduction” to Tor, because they are relatively harmless and won’t take advantage of you.

You’ve probably been told not to just click on random onion links, because you never know what you’ll come across, and that’s true. I have had the experience of clicking on some unlabeled link, and being horrified at what I “discovered.”

In my opinion, the “must see” onion sites are the puzzle ones (like Red Triangle), or perhaps some of the social or tech-related ones. Of course, that’s the kind of thing I’m into, so it makes sense.

Of course, you could just head “into the jungle” yourself, so to speak, and see what you uncover.

By the way, if anyone wants me to feature their site, feel free to suggest it! I might want some bitcoin in exchange, though. (wink)

The Dark Lair: My Intro to the Dark Web

Back in 2015, when I first “joined” Tor, I came across a site called The Dark Lair, via one of the many link lists. Its Tor URL is http://vrimutd6so6a565x.onion. It seemed like a rather friendly place, so I joined. At present, it looks like this:

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The Dark Lair’s creator is a dark web denizen named Garnech the Prime; I’ve run into him on some of the social networks too. His site has several main features: The Board, which is like a newsfeed; a list of links, which no good Tor site should be without; The Enigma, which is a cryptographic puzzle; The Gallery, which is a group of photos; and Pages, which caters to various interests (e.g. Cybertron, Techno, and “Spices”).

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Anyhow, the site isn’t all that “complicated”; it’s just a place for people to socialize and share ideas anonymously. I like it better than the ones that copy Facebook’s format, because I had initially ventured onto Tor looking for something different than Facebook. I didn’t really know what to expect.

Well Garnech, I love how the site looks, and keep up the great work! Perhaps one day I’ll even solve The Enigma.