“Secret” Dark Web Links?

People often ask me if there are “secret” or “hidden” dark web links that aren’t available on the public link lists. In fact, someone did so yesterday, which was what prompted this post.

To be honest, I think this is one of the many myths about the dark web; people explore the few links that are on The Hidden Wiki (or similar link lists), find them boring, and then ask, “Where’s the real interesting stuff?”

Well, as I mentioned on All Onion Services: New URL, if it isn’t on that site (with regard to Tor at least), it isn’t anywhere. Not only does that site have v1 onions, but also v2 and v3 (the ones with 50 characters).allonionsv2_edited

Of course, finding actual onions that are online when using All Onion Services can be quite difficult, as none of them are labeled or sorted into categories. Yet, as I’ve also mentioned on quite a few other blog posts, there are many link lists and search engines on Tor.

While these may not index everything, I’ve managed to find some interesting sites through these methods. In past posts, I have referenced several other link lists, which I still use to this day. I’ll include those here, plus a few that I just came across:

http://jdpskjmgy6kk4urv.onion – Welcome to Dark Web Links and More!

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http://darkdirmpmoq3uur.onion – DarkDir

http://zlal32teyptf4tvi.onion – Fresh Onions

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http://xvwhmrw3sgwwmkko.onion – Atlayo Search Engine

http://5jgis47vdcpaeafp.onion – La Wiki Oculta (for my Spanish readers!)

http://deeplinkdeatbml7.onion – DeepLink

In addition to these, there are the various search engines, such as the following:

http://hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion – not Evil

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http://visitoroymk3ouq7.onion/search – VisiTOR

http://gjobqjj7wyczbqie.onion/ – Candle

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http://msydqstlz2kzerdg.onion/ – Ahmia (also at http://ahmia.fi)

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http://bznjtqphs2lp4xdd.onion – Welcome to Dark Web Links Search Engine

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These are just a few examples, but my feeling is that if you can’t find what you’re looking for on one of these link lists or search engines, it probably isn’t there. If you’re looking for something besides Tor, try I2P or Freenet.

Here are a few I2P links:

http://0thers.i2p

http://abhishek.i2p

http://closedshop.i2p

http://cokeandcoffee.i2p

http://darkhardwarelab.i2p

There are many others, but that’s what I could find at the moment.

Every so often, I do come across sites I haven’t seen before, but the content on them tends to be about the same: marketplaces, forums, fraud sites, scams, wikis, and the occasional game site or weird site.

Other than that, if you’re just looking for sick content (that doesn’t involve children), it’s probably on the clearnet – contrary to popular belief.

If there’s something I missed here, feel free to tell me, but I think that about covers it.

 

 

 

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Site Feature: Dark Clouds/saysamaim

So, a reader contacted me recently and asked if I would check out their site(s), which I did. They have both a clearnet site and a couple of Tor hidden services.

The clearnet site is called saysamaim, and seems to be a sort of tribute to all things “darknet”:

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On the landing page is a sort of “definition” of the darknet:

“Most people like us confused about the term like Dark net or Deep Web[sic]! It is a big part of the internet that can’t be found or indexed by search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. For example, your bank account page is also part of the dark net sites. On the other side anything you can see in the search results, that s [sic] called Surface Web. Darknet sites contain weird URLs and also [sic] known as .onion sites (Hidden services sites) [.] Dark marketplaces sale [sic] all kinds of legal and illicit goods anonymously for other currencies such as Bitcoins. When companies are hacked and their data is stolen, that stolen data [is] often used for sale on the so-called Darknet.”

I’m not certain, but this sounds like something I wrote at one point online; if so, thanks for paraphrasing me! I must make a few corrections, however – your bank account page is in the “deep web,” not the darknet, per se. If a page is indexed by search engines, it’s on the surface web, as the site says. And as I’ve mentioned on this blog before, .onion sites are one example of “dark web” URLs (on Tor, at least).

Here’s one of the next-gen onion URLs, for instance: http://occgshn6gz4je57wyhpijni7waod6yxpxwihjdxjwrnpjtbayliei2id.onion/ It’s a site called Cyberia.

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Anyhow, I don’t fault people for not being native English speakers, but I hate the spread of misinformation about the dark web. Some of this is unintentional, as I believe many of the technical aspects of darknet software can be hard to understand.

On other parts of the site are a “darknet guide,” if you will, a contact form, and a list of hacking tools. In addition, there’s an about page, and copies of 973-eht-namuh-973.com and Joy of Satan, two sites which are often referred to as being part of the “dark web,” but aren’t.

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This same group also runs two Tor hidden services, called Dark Street and Dark CloudNet.

 

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Both of these are forums, more or less. They seem to revolve around the typical kinds of activity you would expect on Tor: carding, drugs, etc. Because I’m new to the forums, I have no idea if any of it is legit or not. Based on my experience with the dark web over the past two years, I tend to approach these kinds of things with a healthy degree of skepticism.

That’s not to say that the forums don’t look cool; I thought the format worked very well. Whoever programmed them used MyBB software, which is pretty tried-and-true for that purpose, as you may know.

One thing that’s intriguing about Dark Street is that certain sections are “locked,” i.e. you need a password to access them. See if you can figure out what that is!

In any case, the forums are rather similar to other carding/hacking forums I’ve seen, but they could use some more traffic. Want to check them out, readers? Click the links.

They’re real…I promise.

 

 

 

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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LION777 Continued: Next Clues?

So…I was about to give up on this whole LION777 puzzle, as I thought I’d reached the end, but someone gave me a few new clues.

On Pastebin, there’s a post called LION777 33rd Degree Information Unclassified 1337 ARG, which lists additional information on getting to the next few sites. Keep in mind, though – this has nothing to do with the “deep web” or “dark web” (according to their technical definitions, anyway).

Anyhow, if you read the Pastebin post, it lists links to the previous sites, as well as clues to the hidden sites:

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For instance, the first site is 777777.ga, which had all the secret society symbols, such as the ones from Freemasonry, the Skull and Bones, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. I’m not sure if these necessarily relate to the puzzle as a whole, however, or if they’re just there to look mysterious.

To progress through the early stages of these sites, you merely have to scroll to the bottom of the page, where the URL to the next site is. On the other hand, once you get to a certain point, the links become less obvious (which I was hoping for, to be honest!).

The most recent development seems to be that they’ve added new sites to the “maze,” so to speak. On the Pastebin post, you should see something that reads:

The [Future Was]

http://71717.ml #8

http://71777717.ml #9

http://832017.gq/ #10

http://832017.gq/ **** #11

The last link there was the first one I hadn’t visited yet. It looks like this:

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Below it is some more “poetry,” so to speak, or clues, such as:

The galactic clock is restarting 1 more time.

[00:00]

#9

The LION and Serpent battle

while the sun and shadow

play a final time.

The black squirrel ran in front of the light.

VERTIAS [sic] was exposed.

Now eight was in the race

And joined the seven.

I’m sure they meant “VERITAS,” right guys? Below the poem is some more imagery, followed by another link. This time, however, the link leads to a 404 page – mysterious, eh? Either the site isn’t finished, or it’s a red herring!

If you go back to the Pastebin post, there are some further links you can follow. I would imagine that it doesn’t reveal all of them, of course.

It’s worth noting that on some of the sites, they feature external links to some conspiracy theory-like stuff, but I’m only marginally interested in that (for instance, there are links to UFO and alien stories). This may surprise you, but I’m highly skeptical of much of that.

And in spite of the fact that I’ve worked on this puzzle, I still maintain that there is no Mariana’s Web.

To each his own, I suppose!

 

 

Red Room Follow Up, Part II

Previously, on Secrets of the Dark…

We examined the claim that there are, in fact, red rooms on the dark web. Several readers had said that they had either witnessed a red room, or knew someone who had been victimized by one. Well, this is the only red room I’ve seen:

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Twin Peaks fans, anyone? But I digress. So, in the last post, I suggested that you could create a red room, if you wanted to – but how?

Assuming that Tor is too slow to stream video, you may be able to use something like a private network for this purpose, or a VPN. A private network is defined under RFC 1918: Address Allocation for Private Internets, if you want the technical details. However, even some VPNs have difficulty streaming video. If you’re curious about this, for further reading: 5 Best VPNs for Streaming 4K Video Online. I would think that a commercial VPN wouldn’t be cool with you streaming live murders over their connection either, however.

Once you had your network complete, you would still have to advertise your site in some way, and also attract victims (this, in my opinion, would be the most difficult part). Maybe some people assume that it’s like the Taken movies? I don’t know.

OK, so you have your VPN, your potential victims, and then you would have to set up your site somewhere, which would result in hosting costs (and thus, a potential paper trail). Plus, on top of that, if customers are paying in bitcoin, that means that the transactions would appear on the blockchain, which is public:

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I suppose that, in theory, like on the darknet markets, you could use a bitcoin mixer, but then the operators of the mixer would have blood on their hands, so to speak. They might not want to get involved with such a thing. So, to add to the complications, you would have to create your own mixer, or find one that didn’t care about what you were using the bitcoin for (including murder).

Ready to run your red room now? Remember, it still has to get attention, but not the wrong kind of attention!

Contrary to popular belief, Tor (and some other darknets) are monitored by law enforcement, as are potential bitcoin transactions tied to illegal activity. Just look at the AlphaBay/Hansa Market shutdown, or any of several other LE operations that target the dark web.

There are some sites that advertise themselves as red rooms, but these look suspicious at best:

http://redrooaujxcjyohj.onion

http://redroofvxabs3a3o.onion

http://redroocid5rlxm43.onion

Do they look real to you? Well, why don’t you pay the cost and let me know what happens? Don’t die, OK?

All in all, that’s my take on it – did I forget anything? Again, I know the dark web has some terrible stuff on it, but taking all these factors into consideration – would it really be worth it to run something like this as a business?

I leave it to you to answer that question.

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Red Room Follow-Up!

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by Ciphas

So, continuing on the subject of red rooms, I received a comment recently on my post Red Rooms Finally Debunked Forever? that said this:

“THANK YOU Bob Saget. Just because red rooms don’t fit under your perfect “criteria”, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I personally know somebody who has been a part of a red room, but he wasn’t the murderer. He was the victim.”

She was replying to an earlier comment by someone who went by the name of Bob Saget (yes, that was his name), who gave me a hard time for trying to disprove the existence of red rooms, and cited Peter Scully’s videos as an example – in other words, this guy:

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So here are my thoughts: what I’ve said so far about red rooms has been based partially on my personal experience, and also what I’ve researched about them. While I have not seen such a thing (or at least not one that I believe to be genuine), here is how I would define a red room:

A website (presumably on the dark web or a private network) where you can pay to witness torture and murder.

While I realize that some very sick things exist on Tor and other darknets (most notoriously child pornography),  streaming video over Tor would be incredibly difficult, at least the way it works at present. If you don’t understand how onion routing works, this link explains it quite well: What Is Onion Routing, Exactly?

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It is possible to watch video on Tor (and I have, in fact). As I mentioned on my recent post PsychoTube: The YouTube of Tor?, there are a few sites on which you can watch uploaded videos, but they certainly aren’t live. It’s very similar to LiveLeak, in that it features videos of murders, executions, and war. By the way, another dark web blog that I like, All Things Vice, has addressed this subject as well: You wanted darker web?

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That being said, how does this square with the above comment? Well, my heart goes out to anyone who’s a victim of torture or murder; nonetheless, as far as that having something to do with red rooms, the burden of proof is on the claimant. One site on the clearnet, Red Room Deep Web Complete Guide, goes into detail about what allegedly happens in a red room, and how to see one (in theory).

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Without reviewing all the things this site says about it, I think a number of them are wrong – and it looks like they’re using a scam site as their example. But you could, of course, create your own red room.

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How would you create a red room, then? Stay tuned for Part 2.

Return of the Red Rooms ಠ_ಠ

by Ciphas

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Ah…I had been itching to return to one of my favorite subjects – red rooms! Let’s face it, most people know that they’re fake, but this doesn’t stop your average scammer. Wait – let me rephrase that – most people who understand how Tor works know that they’re fake.

Anyhow, I’m willing to bet that whoever runs these sites have made quite a bit of money on them. Well, there are several sites that look a lot like this one, and they all seem to have the same purpose. Promise a red room show, ask for bitcoin, and then in all likelihood, you’ll never see a bit of it again.

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If you’re new to this whole “red room” thing, the idea is that you can supposedly watch a live murder take place on video over the Tor network. However, because of the constant packet switching, there’s no way that it would actually work. At best, a live video would be extremely slow. Trust me on this.

I brought this up because on one of my first “red room” posts, someone had left a comment, which you can view here: I paid for a red room…

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There’s a lot of rambling in there, but if there’s any truth to it, the guy got scammed, big time, and it sounds like he may have downloaded some ransomware (or something along those lines) as well!

So, for those of you who wondered what happens if you actually pay to “enter” one of these sites:

  1. You lose your bitcoin
  2. You contract malware
  3. Possibly something worse, like identity theft
  4. You get killed and become their next episode

Well, probably all except that last one. Aww, how disappointing!! What did you expect? Still, despite this, the morbid nut in me wants to see what other kinds of crazy things are on the dark web. So, just for you, my curious readers, I am going to explore further in the depths, to see if I can find something really insane.

If you have any suggestions, feel free to point me in the right (or wrong) direction…

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