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?

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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)

Exploring More Dark Web Search Engines

Unbeknownst to me up until today, there are even more Tor search engines which can help you wade through the “ominous” dark web.

Granted, these vary in quality quite a bit. Some haven’t indexed as many links, while others don’t seem to return relevant results (which probably has a lot to do with their search algorithms, more than anything).

One of the search engines I just began experimenting with is called Poopak. That name would’ve made me snicker in first grade, but I’m a bit older than that now. It can be found at http://3cuarxyaxke2hmlk.onion.

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One of the things I found interesting about Poopak is that it lists the number of possible onions (1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176) as opposed to the number of alive onion pages (3274). That seems ridiculous when you think about it, doesn’t it?

As they said on All Onion Services, “…there aren’t very many online onion services.” Of course, these numbers can change, but the types of sites that you’ll find won’t change much.

I tried some of my usual searches on Poopak, like “video games,” “red rooms,” and “forum.” To my surprise, “red room” didn’t return any results! Maybe they decided to filter out that search? I’m disappointed.

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I had much better luck when typing in “forum,” or “links.” Still, it looks as though Poopak hasn’t indexed as many onions as some of the tried and true search engines, like not Evil. At present, it seems to be rather hit-and-miss when it comes to finding specific results, but you can give it a shot if you like.

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haystak calls itself “the darknet’s largest search engine,” which is quite a feat, considering how many Tor hidden services there are, and how much competition it now has. It can be found at http://haystakvxad7wbk5.onion

At the time of this writing, it says, “We’ve indexed 1.5 billion pages over 260,000 onions (including historical onions).” Does this mean that the original Silk Road is on it, for instance? That would be interesting.

A search for “silk road” turned up mostly results for Silk Road 3.1, which is still active at the moment. My intention, of course, was to try to find a cached copy of the one and only Silk Road (yes, that one), but I was unsuccessful on the first try.

As it turns out, when your search results come up, you can also look for cached versions of sites (as on Google), or “historical versions” of sites that have been shut down (like SIGAINT), or just ones that have disappeared for one reason or another.

There’s a catch, though – to access certain content (such as the cached versions of sites), you need to upgrade to a paid account. Hey, nothing on the dark web is for free, right? Still, at least you can use its basic functions without paying.

I haven’t found anything of particular significance on Haystak yet, but that shouldn’t discourage you!

In any case, it sounds to me like the dark web hasn’t completely been “discovered” yet. 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 onions? I’m off to visit all of them!

 

 

 

 

Updated Dark Web Links for 2018

Good morning, and happy Sunday, my fellow dark web explorers! I’ve mentioned before that people often ask me for dark web links of all kinds. Often, I find that what they’re looking for doesn’t exist, however.

You may find this ironic, but in spite of having been on Tor for over two years, I still enjoy listening to the “dark web horror stories” on YouTube and elsewhere, like this one: [Deep Web Story] Feeding/Breathing/Suffocation – ReignBot. I just like horror; what can I say?

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Anyhow, here are some actual Tor links I’ve come across recently (that were working the last time I checked):

http://rt22ev5lmmtz2wfc.onion/ – Mr. Alien

http://apollionih4ocqyd.onion/login.php – Apollon Market (not sure if this is trustworthy)

http://monajruhsdcl6hdl.onion/ – Mona Social Network (I’ll do a future post on this.)

http://slagsguyzipktofx.onion – Slags (porn site, but it’s legal. Go figure!)

http://3cuarxyaxke2hmlk.onion – Poopak Search Engine (haven’t tried this one yet)

http://oenlhv5fqwl5vace.onion – Blackout (hacking forum)

http://ss7acc7br2hej43p.onion/login – SS7 Portal

hzionerlko3on77m.onion – Hill of Zion (not sure what this is, but looks like a forum)

Perhaps that can get you started. I’ll find some more interesting links and post them in the future, when I get a chance.

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“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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

DuckDuckGo is not a Dark Web Search Engine

I hear people tossing around the idea that DuckDuckGo is a “dark web search engine” a lot on some of the sites that I write for, so I think this needs clarification.

While it is a great clearnet search engine that doesn’t track you (and thus respects your privacy), it isn’t a Tor search engine, per se.

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That being said, DuckDuckGo does have its own Tor hidden service, at http://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/. Despite this, even the Tor version is still a clearnet search engine (I’m saying this just to confuse you).

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain. If you go onto DuckDuckGo’s Tor site and do a search, most of the results will be clearnet (non-Tor) sites, as in this example:

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On the other hand, if you use a search engine like not EvilCandle, or Welcome to Dark Web Links, these will return results for .onion sites (although the last one has a clearnet search option as well). See below for examples:

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Something ironic that I noticed about the last one (Welcome to Dark Web Links) was that if you do a clearnet search with it, most of the results are quite disturbing! Go figure, right? Try doing one and you’ll see what I mean.

As I’ve said before, terms like “deep web,” “dark web,” and “clearnet” are often confusing, and though I use them, I could see how people would mix them up. Although Tor has a reputation of being a “dark web browser,” it really isn’t. Many people use Tor just to access the clearnet anonymously; Tor’s website explains a bit more about this: Tor Project: Overview.

Plus, contrary to popular belief, there are many disturbing sites on the clearnet, if you look hard enough. For instance, watch this video: 5 Most Disturbing Quarantined Subreddits – ReignBot; those are the types of sites people might expect to find on the dark web, and yet here they are on the clearnet.

Anyhow, although DuckDuckGo will sometimes come up with .onion sites in its search results, I don’t suggest using it as a “dark web search engine,” so to speak. It’s best if you stick to the ones that I mentioned above for that purpose.

Have fun in your dark web travels, readers! Don’t get lost.