¿El video de Green Ball es Real?

Estoy intentando mi segundo post de blog en Español hoy. ¡ Déjeme saber si alguna de las palabras es incorrecta!

Hace tres años un video supuestamente fue subido a la web oscura llamada “Green Ball.” De acuerdo a los rumores, este fue el video más inquietante en la web oscura.


Por lo que he oído, el video era falso; esto es cierto en muchos supuestos videos de la “deep web”. No estoy diciendo que no hay vídeos en la web oscura, pero muchos de los que se rumorea que están allí no existen.

El año pasado, escribí una entrada de blog llamada PsychoTube: The YouTube of Tor?, y que era uno de los pocos sitios que había encontrado en los que podías ver vídeos. Sin embargo, estos videos fueron similares a algunos videos perturbadores que he visto en el clearnet, contrario a la creencia popular.

En esa publicación, mencioné los sitios web LiveLeak y BestGore, que son solo dos ejemplos de muchos sitios como este en el clearnet. De hecho, hace un momento busqué en Google “gore sites” y obtuve resultados como riGOREmortis.com and LiveGore.com, que aún no he revisado.


Si te gusta ese tipo de cosas, sugiero que revisar. De todos modos, mi impresión es que hay muchos más videos perturbadores en la red pública que en la web oscura, con algunas excepciones notables.

Por supuesto, siempre tengo curiosidad sobre lo que otras personas encuentran, así que si tiene sugerencias, ¡siéntase libre de compartir enlaces!


Red Room Follow-Up!


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:


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?


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?


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).


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.


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

Red Rooms Don’t Exist (Here’s Why)


by Ciphas

In an effort to get more connected with you, my readers, I’ve decided to do a little how-to here. So I thought that, rather than just say “all red rooms are fake,” I’m going to go through how to spot a fake red room on the dark web.

What prompted this? Well, on my previous post, I received this comment:


In case that’s hard to read, here it is in slightly larger text:

“there are many red rooms its [sic] just a matter of finding them although I wouldn’t suggest it, i posted a link below. http://222222222kjhiqzb.onion/”

I actually checked out that link, and it looked all too familiar. Why’s that? Well, Mutahar (a.k.a. SomeOrdinaryGamers) featured it on his “Deep Web Browsing” series: THE “REAL” RED ROOM!?!


I watch those videos purely for entertainment, but yes, Muta does visit some real sites on the Tor network. (And a few on the clearnet too.)

That does not mean, however, that any of these are real red rooms. In fact, he even says so in the same video!!

The experts say they’re all fake (and I’m inclined to believe them), but let’s just play devil’s advocate and say that there are a few real ones.


I have come across more than my fair share of sites on Tor (and elsewhere) that claim to be red rooms. Most of them have a few things in common:

  1. They claim to show video streams of live torture, murder, and other acts.
  2. They require you to pay – usually large amounts of bitcoin or other cryptocurrency.
  3. They often ask you to download “special software,” like an alternative browser.
  4. They sometimes will link you to an alternate site to do the transactions.
  5. They almost always use a Tor-based email service – a common one is SIGAINT.
  6. They sometimes have a graphic image on the main site, usually taken from a horror film, to symbolize the acts of violence that would take place in the red room.
  7. They sometimes have a login page, which you can supposedly access after you pay.
  8. They won’t show you any sort of sample content beforehand.

That’s all I can think of at the moment.

Anyhow, if any of you have really used Tor, you probably have some idea of how slow it is. If you don’t understand why it’s slow, then allow me to direct you to their FAQ: Why is Tor so slow?

Part of the answer is: “Before we answer, though, you should realize that Tor is never going to be blazing fast. Your traffic is bouncing through volunteers’ computers in various parts of the world, and some bottlenecks and network latency will always be present. You shouldn’t expect to see university-style bandwidth through Tor.”

OK…but the red room sites say that I have download a special browser to watch the show!

Why is this? Because, in all likelihood, if these sites are asking you to download and install special software, the software in question probably has some kind of malware embedded in it.

Do you know what a RAT (remote access trojan) is? Allow me to direct you to TechTarget: What is RAT (remote access trojan)? Essentially, it’s a type of malware program that includes a back door to allow remote access to the victim’s computer.

I don’t know this from personal experience, but it’s my best educated guess. And a lot of these sites started popping up on Tor after the creepypastas and YouTube videos about red rooms became more popular – are you really that surprised?

The Shadow Web – Re-Re-Visited!!


I’ve done several previous posts about the so-called Shadow Web, an urban legend which I believe became popular after the creepypasta “A Warning To Those Accessing The Shadow Web” passed around.

After this, a plethora of sites popped up on the Tor network (and other networks, like Freenet) claiming to offer access to the Shadow Web.

In a similar manner to the red room sites, the Shadow Web sites claim that this is a special portion of the dark web only accessible through “special software” that you need to pay to download.

Again, not to repeat myself too much – I’ve never gone so far as to actually download the software, but I suspect that it’s infected with some kind of malware – what, I couldn’t say. I’m glad that I haven’t fallen victim to this, to be honest.

I have actually corresponded with the admin in charge of some of these Shadow Web sites, and he basically told me what I said on the “fact list” above – it’s a live torture show, you need to pay, and you need download a special browser to view it.

And yes, I know that lots of the creepypastas on Reddit and YouTube talk about the “shadow web”; I assume that they’re all bullshit. I still find them entertaining anyway. But I also find The Texas Chainsaw Massacre entertaining!

If any of you want to take the risk of paying for this and viewing it, go right ahead. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I imagine there are other sites like this, too – but I have my doubts that any of them are genuine.

Questions? Comments? Please! Let me know!


Is the Shadow Web a Reality? (Updated)


Short answer?  Yes, I believe that something like it exists, but I don’t think you can get there from the so-called “Shadow Web” site.

There was a site, at one point, that called itself “The Hidden Gateway to the Shadow Web,” and it looked exactly like this:


I had never actually paid my way through to the supposed sites, but as the story goes, there was some extremely sick content on there.  Oddly enough, this very same site had a link to a creepypasta entitled A warning to those thinking of accessing the shadow web has increased its “urban legend” status.

My gut feeling is that the creepypasta was made up, but having seen some very sick and disgusting pages on the dark web myself, I was willing to believe that there were worse things in existence.


Photo courtesy of darknoise.co.za

Currently, there’s yet another series of sites up on the Tor network that also refer to themselves as “The Gateway to the Shadow Web,” but I’m starting to become even more skeptical of these.

The new ones look like this:


I’m still suspicious, because the site above appears at least seven different URLs on Tor, which leads me to believe that it’s some kind of trap by law enforcement, or merely a scam.  Anything where they want you to download special software, or something like that, is something I would not want to get involved in.

It would be extremely difficult to do something like this over the Tor network, because its speed is akin to that of dialup networks (like the old internet of the ’90s).  On the other hand, if you were accessing the dark web through some other method, it would, in theory, be possible.

So What’s the Answer, Damn It?!

Here’s one of the reasons I’m not completely discrediting the “shadow web” idea.  I did talk to one reputable Quora author (whom I won’t named here) who said that not only does something like it exist, it was the sickest thing she had ever seen.  Actually, she didn’t specifically call it “the shadow web”; she just said it was another part of the deep web that was harder to access.

She said that she “invested in a non-American SSH Tunnel that I trusted and started digging even deeper.  I had read stories on the surface web relating to these things, and I do not care what absolutely anybody has to say about it.  I know that these sites are not a joke and for somebody to minimize the very real existence of these sites and their victims is not only abhorrently disrespectful but flat out ignorant.”   On top of that, she said that it was her reason for getting off of the dark web completely.

Here’s my take on it:

I think something like this could and does exist.  It may be technologically difficult, but if you were to have enough security protocols in place, I think it could be accomplished.

There are IRC chat rooms that you can access through the Tor network, where people are into some very sick and disturbing things (IMHO, at least).  So, if you contacted someone in one of these chat rooms who had knowledge of such things, they could probably point you in the direction of a site like this.

The caveat, of course, is that if it were the real thing, not only would it be illegal, but it would probably cost you a very high amount of money.  If a group were organizing such a thing, it wouldn’t make sense to offer it for free.

I did come across a similar site on the Tor network, which offered films of women getting raped, as well as videos of real deaths (they just weren’t live streams).  It was more along the lines of something like Faces of Death, which was a shock film, but the filmmakers hadn’t actually killed the victims.  Not that I spent very long on this site, but they basically offered samples of the videos for free, and then you had to pay quite a bit of money to subscribe.  (I’ve talked about the site in another post).

I imagine the same would be true of the so-called “shadow web,” that is, if something like it existed.  I’m trying to be rational about this, believe me!!

So there’s my two cents.  Take it or leave it.


Are Dark Web Red Rooms Real?

EDIT: At the time I wrote this, I was less informed about Tor, and believed that red rooms could exist on it. Given what I know now about how Tor works, I find this very unlikely. If you can prove otherwise, let me know.

One frequently asked question, with regard to the deep web and dark web, is about so-called “red rooms.”

And before I get into this, let me clarify a few terms: the term “deep web” generally refers to sites that aren’t indexed by major search engines, like Google.  The term “dark web” refers to sites that are purposely hidden, and require specific software or configurations to access.  The Tor network is one of these.

There has been much debate, on both the dark web and surface web, as to whether red rooms exist or not.  There have also been numerous horror stories on Reddit, YouTube, and other social media sites about this terrifying legend.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a red room, in theory, is a live stream of a victim (male or female) being graphically tortured and murdered.  An audience member generally pays a certain amount of bitcoin to be admitted to the show, and pays a higher amount to be in charge of what happens.

I only say “in theory” because I have yet to directly witness anything like this, and many people, even on the dark web, deny its existence.

You may think this strange, but I still tend to believe that they exist.  I’ve seen a number of other incredibly sick things on the dark web thus far, and it doesn’t seem too farfetched that something of this nature could be real.

I have, in fact, found three sites that claimed to be red rooms (or to link to them), but I don’t have absolute proof that they’re real.

The one that sticks in my mind the most was a blog post (on Tor) that claimed to have access to a list of red rooms.  The post, written in somewhat broken English, said this (and I’m paraphrasing):

“Send me an email, and I give you the bitcoin address to pay for access [sic]the list.

For be [sic] spectator of the show (you just see people tortured and murdered), send 0.40 BTC with the text, ‘SPECTATOR.’

For be [sic] master of the show (you decide how to torture and how to kill), send 0.70 BTC with the text, ‘MASTER.’  I then send you the bitcoin address to pay.  Once it has received confirmations, I send you the password for access [sic] the list.”

Mind you, this could have all been a scam, as scams run rampant on the dark web.  Still, you have to wonder – if enough people had been ripped off, you would think word would get around.

YouTube user mutahar addresses this in one of his videos, entitled Are Deep Web Red Rooms Real?  According to him, they do exist, although he hasn’t said how he knows this for certain.  Also, YouTube user Corpse Husband shares a horror story that involves red rooms, called Horrifying Deep Web Stories: “Why I Quit Hacking”.  I have no proof that the story is real, but it’s very scary, nonetheless!

I have a couple of other theories regarding red rooms: it’s possible that they’re just so difficult to find, even on the dark web, unless you’re actively looking for them.  Plus, they may have such stringent security protocols that it’s difficult to access the site(s) in the first place.

On top of that, some of them may simply be staged with special effects and makeup, but presented as if they’re real.  This has happened before, with such films as Snuff (1976) or Cannibal Holocaust (1980).

So, what do you think?  Are red rooms real? Has anyone experienced anything like it?  Feel free to comment!