Give the People What They Want!

Someone commented on my post Exploring Tor Links Again, Just For You! the other day, and said the following:

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“We want snuff/gore/rape websites.” I kid you not. Well, what did I expect when I write a blog about the dark web? Also, I noticed I had been getting a lot of comments on one of my older posts about red rooms, so maybe that needs some clarification.

As I said on the post Hmm _ Needs More Gore! (NSFW), though, there appear to be a lot more gore sites on the clearnet than on the dark web (at least from what I’ve discovered). Nonetheless, as a result of this comment, I did go searching for something of this nature, to see if I may have missed all the “interesting” stuff.

What I came up with, however, looks a little questionable (as much of the dark web does). I did my initial search on the not Evil search engine, which is still one of my favorites.

Searches for “gore” and “snuff” turned up some compelling results, to say the least. For instance, the first result had nothing to do with snuff (in the sense of snuff films), but rather snuff tobacco!

The first result related to what the commenter was talking about, however, was this site: http://snuffyknz5eb6spv.onion. Now, before you give me a hard time about sharing snuff movies on the blog, I need to point out – this could very well be a scam, like many other dark web sites.

I can’t verify whether or not this is real, but if anyone wants to give it a try, have at it. If you lose your bitcoin, I’m not responsible.

That being said, one site that I do know of that has gore photos and such is my favorite darknet social network, Psycho Social Network! I’ve talked about it on several earlier posts, like this one: Psycho Social Network: New and Improved!.

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While it’s not a gore site in and of itself, several of the groups on the site are dedicated to sharing images and videos of that nature. So, that might be a good consolation prize!

As far as other stuff like this goes, it’s a shot in the dark (pun intended). There appear to be lots of sites offering “snuff videos” and such, but unless you pay for it, there’s no way to know if it’s real or a scam – and I tend to lean toward the latter!

Here’s an example. On a much earlier post, I talked about the site “Forbidden Video Studio,” which would allegedly produce any kind of crazy content you wanted for bitcoin:

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The idea sounds sick enough, and for the record, that’s not what I’m into. That being said, the people who actually paid to watch this stuff may have been disappointed (just like those who paid for the so-called “red rooms”). To be honest, I hope they were!

More recently, I’ve come across some sites that use the same format (the stairway going down into the creepy basement pic), which may or may not be run by the same people. If the original was a scam, I’m inclined to think that these are too.

The one exception is that there are some sites which require special authorization to access (a.k.a. private onion services) – I have never accessed one of these, and it’s possible that they contain some very sick material. I don’t know for sure, though. See Creating Private Onion Services – traudt.xyz for more info on this.

Anyhow, your best bet is to join Psycho Social Network, or stick to the gore sites on the clearnet. I’m sure you can get your fix there, unless you want to commit the murders yourself.

I hope not, though.

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HackerCombat: Secure in the Dark Web?

Before I start, I should say – I’m not writing this to make enemies in the dark web world; I just like to get proper info out there. Like when I say there’s no “Marianas Web.”

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That being said, one of the sites I subscribe to is Hacker Combat, and I happened to notice that they had an article today called Stay Secure While Venturing into the Dark Web. After having read lots of similar content, I tend to be skeptical of articles that give advice about “being secure in the dark web.”

I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, though. Let’s see what they have to say:

Well, there are many users who still think that the dark web and the deep web are the same. In fact, the dark web is just a part of the deep web and comprises that part of the internet that’s “hidden” and needs to be accessed using specific software and configurations. So, you need to use Tor, Freenet, I2P or Riffle to access the dark web. It’s a well-known fact that even the Google search engine doesn’t show results of the dark web. 

This is partly true, but it’s the last sentence I take issue with. Actually, Google will show results from the dark web (Tor, at least), but it doesn’t pick up all the sites. As I’d mentioned on the post Can You Access .Onion Sites Without Tor Browser?, it is possible to reach .onion sites without using the browser. These sites use what’s called a Tor2Web proxy, which is basically a middleman connecting you to Tor.

Thus, some of these sites will show up in Google results. For instance, Psycho Social Network, which I’ve talked about a few times, will show up on a Google search, but clicking on it uses the proxy:

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To put it in simple terms, it’s like asking a cab driver, “Can you take me to this onion site?” The cab driver says, “Sure!” On the other hand, you don’t know for certain if this cab driver will try to take advantage of you, just as you don’t know if a proxy is trustworthy.

Anyhow, let’s see what else the article says.

Using a VPN Service is good- Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is always advisable; it adds to the anonymity factor. You should always remember to turn on the VPN before beginning to use the Tor browser or any such service; this gives you added anonymity plus security.

I also take issue with the idea that a VPN gives you added security, unless you’re the one who designed the VPN. A VPN can help you hide your Tor usage from your ISP, but then the VPN provider also has a record of the fact that you’re using Tor, and may or may not keep logs of your activity. Some claim not to keep logs (e.g. IPVanish), but if the time came where they were subpoenaed and told to give up your info, that may be a different story.

Have an up-to-date antivirus program- This is basic to security; you need to have an antivirus software even if you are not venturing into the dark web. But when you are doing it, you must have an anti-virus software. That helps add to the security.

This is true to a degree, although it depends on the kind of attack you’re trying to prevent. Some antivirus programs don’t have the capability of stopping certain types of attacks (such as ransomware). Anyhow, I suppose having one is better than not having one.

Keep your webcam covered- Webcam spying is reportedly common in the dark web. So, while you’re on the dark web, it’s always good to keep your webcam covered. You just don’t know; someone could spy on you and later subject you to extortion scams. Stay safe, cover your webcam.

This part I agree with – it is definitely possible to crack a webcam’s security, and covering it with tape is about the most basic way you can keep someone from looking at you.

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The article offers more advice as well, but these were the parts that stood out to me. Whether you agree with the points they make or not, I suggest reading it anyway. If you’ve never ventured onto Tor before, it could make a good field guide.

Linux Drama Part 2: Trolling!

I found a great quote on bash.org today that applies to my Linux dilemma:

I discovered that you’d never get an answer to a problem from Linux Gurus by asking. You have to troll in order for someone to help you with a Linux problem…Instead, I did what works. Trolling. By stating that Linux sucked because it was so hard to find a file compared to Windows, I got every self-described Linux Guru around the world coming to my aid. They gave me examples after examples of different ways to do it. All this in order to prove to everyone that Linux was better.

So OK then. Linux sucks! It’s shit! Windows was better! There, I said it. (haha.) Just kidding.

In all seriousness, as I’d mentioned on my earlier post, I attempted an update, and it seems that I really messed up my system. At present, I’m working on booting the system with GRUB, which, to be honest, is completely new to me. It’s not complicated at all, though!

IMG_20180707_080447_475 OK, maybe a little complicated. What I was attempting to do was choose the previous kernel from this menu, but then I got a message that I didn’t have permission to do that. I’m not entirely sure how to change the permissions so that I can choose it.

So, I’m asking the Linux users out there – is this the right route? I don’t want to further mess up things in the process of trying to fix them!

In the meantime, I’m writing this blog from whatever machines happen to be available (including my phone).

It’s weird – this is the kind of thing that people expect to happen when they’re on the dark web, and yet it happens to me without any “help” from the dark web. If need be, I’ll just completely reinstall everything, but it might help to know where to start!

And I used to get annoyed with this:

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Linux Drama: I Was Frozen Today!

Before they make memes illegal here too, I’ll post this:

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Now that that’s out of the way – this morning, I was doing an upgrade to my Ubuntu system, and everything seemed to be going well. As a guide, I was following this article: How to Upgrade To Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

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I started with the command:

$ sudo apt-install update-manager-core

Afterwards, I followed up with:

$ sudo do-release upgrade

This didn’t work, and I believe the issue was that the release wasn’t available yet. So, here’s where my big mistake happened. I attempted to force the upgrade by entering:

$ sudo do-release upgrade -d

This was where I clearly screwed up, because afterward, I was unable to get past the login screen on my system. Well, let me take that back – I could get past it, but all I would see is a blank desktop, very similar to this:

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Interestingly, some other users on Ask Ubuntu have had similar issues:

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Fortunately, another user on that same site had a good solution. He suggested opening the GRUB menu and selecting the previous kernel. This sounds like my best option. If I did actually lose all my data, thankfully there wasn’t anything irreplaceable there.

It’s funny – I have times when I can do all these advanced coding-related things, and yet something simple like this will put me out of commission.

You can’t keep a good man down, though!

 

Reddit Cracks Down on Dark Web Subreddits

If you read DeepDotWeb or VICE at all, you may have come across the story Reddit Just Banned /R/DarkNetMarkets, or Reddit Bans Subreddits Dedicated to Dark Web Drug Markets and Selling Guns. If so, then you already know what I’m talking about.

In addition to banning that subreddit, it also banned several other related subreddits, such as /r/deepwebexperiences, which, in theory, was a “fiction-based sub.” As on the darknet markets subreddit, their reasoning was that the sub violated their “policy against transactions involving prohibited goods or services.”

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It may have been inevitable that such a thing would happen, given that many darknet markets have seen their demise in recent years (AlphaBay and Hansa Market come to mind).

Of course, I know from experience that this isn’t going to stop the users and vendors from finding a public place to have conversations. Through the grapevine, I’ve heard that many of them migrated to Voat, which uses a very similar format to Reddit (subs, upvotes and downvotes, etc.).

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Look, I’m not saying I necessarily have an opinion one way or the other, but I figure that just because you censor something, that doesn’t mean it will go away. Reddit, however, is a large site with many users, and they may have been put under pressure to ban subreddits like the ones above.

There is a Reddit onion site as well, although I’m sure the same content policies apply on their darknet site. Its URL is http://redditmoongroogs.onion, which, I must say, is an awesome name. I assume this is the real Reddit and not a clone site, though I don’t have definitive proof. (It’s bad to make assumptions with Tor, isn’t it?)

Anyhow, I hope that I won’t get caught up the Reddit anti-dark web shitstorm, but it looks like I’m OK for now.

Unless I start trying to sell Singapore, of course.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.