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.”

In fact, after taking a closer look at the site, this is true:

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So I have to wonder – what are these “secret” clubs all about? Whistleblowing? Perhaps they’re darknet market or hacking related, and only want to include specific members. My guess would be the latter, but that’s just conjecture on my part. I base this on the fact that I have become a member of certain invite-only sites, and they were involved in the sale of illegal goods (albeit electronic ones, not drugs or weapons).

If they’re anything similar to sites like Suicide Apartment or the now-defunct dark0de, then it’s near impossible to get an invite – 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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Meanwhile, Back on MadIRC…

After a very long time, I decided to drop into MadIRC again today, which I’ve written about on a few previous posts, such as MadIRC – Nice People on the Dark Web!?

It was quite nice to be among the sarcasm and tech talk once again. The only difference was that I was doing so on my Ubuntu system now, so under the hood, it was a contrasting process.

One of the “adjustments” I was getting used to was using WeeChat, as opposed to HexChat, which I had used on my old system. For those of you who like the old school technology look, WeeChat is about as old school as you can get:

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I’ve mentioned on here before that I grew up using the DOS command prompt (yeah, pre-Windows), and WeeChat reminds me of that in so many ways! *geeks out*

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The only problem I seemed to have with it, today, is that it wouldn’t connect via Tor. Am I cursed with this? Maybe. Actually, the issue might have been that I just didn’t have the Tor Browser open, which is a problem I also had with HexChat on occasion.

Anyway, the particular channel that I hang out on is called #Elite, and while it may not be full of psychos, per se, they’re just a tech-savvy bunch of guys who like things such as Linux and coding. Oh, and they might make the occasional politically incorrect joke – don’t worry, you get used to that!

What is rather frowned upon is anything relating to CP, or asking for links, or just general trolling. Look, if you read this blog, I’ve given more than my fair share of links. No need to stop by IRC for that, right?

So, uhh…what’s so special about it? I really don’t know. What’s special about any chat room, for that matter? Come by and see for yourself.

With that, I leave you with a classic quote from bash.org:

<Sonium> someone speak python here?
<lucky> HHHHHSSSSSHSSS
<lucky> SSSSS
<Sonium> the programming language

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!

 

 

 

f-Society: Hackers’ Social Network?

Alright, technically this site isn’t on the “dark web,” but that’s how I came across it.

I had clicked on the Atlayo Search Engine, and to my surprise, it had been hacked:

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If you go by what the picture says, the person (or people) responsible were 7ulzSec – well, I guess that’s pretty obvious, huh? I had thought that the original LulzSec group had disbanded, so maybe this is an offshoot (or just someone who liked the name).

As to why they hacked this particular search engine, I have some idea. Besides the fact that it was vulnerable, it was quite easy to find CP on it, according to its “most popular search results,” which were listed on the front page. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone on the dark web approves of that (me included).

Anyhow, from this “hacked” page, I discovered f-Society, which looks like a Facebook for hackers, coders, etc. The site is at https://f-society.me; as far as I know, they don’t yet have an onion site. Oh, how did you know I was a Mr. Robot fan?

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At any rate, like Blackbook, Mona, and some others, f-Society also uses a similar format to Facebook. You can send friend requests, write on people’s “walls,” make pages and groups, etc. Of course, like the aforementioned sites, most people don’t use their real names or photos, although it appears that a few people do – these could be fake, however.

The reason I say that is that from past experience, I’ve had people contact me using what appeared to be real photos, and it turned out they were either stock photos or even photos of celebrities. (These were scammers, however.)

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Most of the groups I’ve seen on the site thus far are hacking/security related – not that surprising. Awhile ago, someone suggested a file sharing function on his profile; actually, that would be cool!

Speaking of which, I’ve been meaning to write more about P2P networks that are good for filesharing (specifically ZeroNet and I2P), but have been focused on other projects. It’s in the works.

So, if you’re someone who’s into hacking, or are just looking for another alternative social network, stop by f-Society. I’m sure they’d love to have you.

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So, I’m a Psycho Now Too?

For those of you who’ve read my earlier posts about Tor social networks, I thought it might interest you to know that I was made a moderator on one of my favorites – namely, Psycho Social Network 1.0.

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I don’t feel all that different from when I was just a “psycho” (normal member), but it’s kind of cool. The main difference is that, if I come across something that doesn’t fit in with the site’s guidelines (mainly CP), then I can flag it and/or remove it. It probably also includes certain unsolicited ads (like marketplaces and hitmen).

Beyond that, however, most content is allowed. I must confess that I sometimes enjoy seeing gore sites, and things of that nature. Surely I’m not the only one, because said gore sites are quite popular, and plus, many people flock to the dark web looking for stuff like that!

On one of my few Spanish posts (which I’ll probably attempt again at some point), I mentioned the site riGOREmortis. I’ve since learned that that site is the work of former contributors to Bestgore.com, one of the more infamous gore sites.

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Anyhow, the kinds of pictures that you see on either of those sites are ubiquitous on Psycho Social Network. What did you expect? We’re a bunch of psychos! So, if you’re the type of person who’s come to the dark web looking for sick stuff, I highly recommend Psycho Social Network.

There’s also a group for people who, allegedly, are into murder. That’s not really my thing, despite the fact that I have sought out the gory sites on occasion (honest!).

So, although I may use Reddit, Twitter, etc. on the clearnet, it’s fun to take a break from the “normal” social media at times, and take a walk on the psycho side.

 

 

 

 

Is It Possible to Be Anonymous Online?

In light of the recent news about Facebook’s numerous privacy issues, I got to thinking, “Is it even possible to be anonymous online anymore?”

I think it is, but that would require dialing back a lot of your social media use, and so you would have to take that into consideration. What brought this to mind, in part, was the article It’s Time To Think: How Many Whistleblowers Do We Really Need? on Fossbytes, by Aditya Tiwari.

One of the points that Tiwari made is that we often install apps without giving much thought as to what data the app may be collecting in the background. Granted, we do allow apps “permission” to access certain things on our devices when we install them, but how many people really pay attention to that?

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I have an internet friend who says he doesn’t use social media in general, and he is, for the most part, anonymous online. He’s one of the people who introduced me to things like Maltego, which I mentioned on Beware, Maltego Will Find You!

If you didn’t read that post, to sum up, one of the things that Maltego does is collect publicly available information about you on the internet, and put it together into a nice graph. It also shows the various links and connections between these bits of information.

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My friend had said that, when he did a report on himself, only information that he wanted to be available was found. The same was not true of me, although since then, I have taken down quite a few profiles, email accounts, and other bits of info that I didn’t want online.

Still, unlike my friend, I do use social media, partly because, as a writer (even one who writes about the dark web), that’s important. In fact, I know of other authors who write about this subject and also use the same tools.

The Fossbytes article made this important point about large companies like Google, however:

Google possibly has the largest collection of user data than any other company. Because why not? It has more presence in our lives. Google has some contribution in almost everything we do on the internet. In fact, many people open Google to check if their internet is working or not.

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I think that, if you want to be “anonymous,” or at least have less information about yourself out there, you would have to become acutely aware of what services you’re using, and how you’re using them (I include myself in this).

For instance, start using DuckDuckGo or StartPage rather than Google for your searches, or use open source alternatives to your favorite apps. One place you can find some of these open source apps is on F-Droid (if you have an Android phone, that is). The downside to this, of course, is that the alternatives may or may not work as well as their closed-source counterparts.

Still, this could mean that you (or anyone else who’s interested) has the chance to help improve these decentralized apps. Think of it as a grassroots movement.

To really take it all the way, you would probably have to create some fake identities for yourself (and this is one of things I’ve found difficult so far), as well as separate IP addresses for those identities – Tor might help with that. I did come across a site called Fake Person Generator that can assist with the identity creation process as well. It lists such things as names, birthdays, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, height, weight, and even passport numbers. You would have to actively use them to make them appear real, of course.

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So yes, to answer the question, it is possible to be anonymous online, but challenging, especially if you’re accustomed to using products like those of Google or Apple on a daily basis.

Hmm…I would really miss saying “OK Google.”

 

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.