There Is No Marianas Web, But . . .

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by Ciphas

I’ve noticed that a popular question regarding the deep/dark web lately is about “Marianas Web,” which is supposedly the “deepest” level of the deep web. Well, I hate to tell you this, folks, but there is no such thing. There never was.

I believe I’ve referenced RationalWiki’s Deep web entry before, but it really is a great reference if you want to know the honest truth about it. I love the idea of there being “levels” to the web, but it’s the stuff of sci-fi.

Nonetheless, as I’ve mentioned on some previous entries, there are many anonymity networks other than Tor in existence – this might be the kind of thing that people are searching for…what else is out there?

So far, I believe I’ve discussed I2P, Freenet, and ZeroNet to a degree. If you have yet to explore these, take a look. There’s some interesting stuff to be found.

Oh? What’s that you say? You’ve already used these and found nothing? Well, as they said on All Onion Services:

The truth of the matter is there isn’t very many online onion services. Of those that are online, most aren’t worth visiting. They’re scams, phishing attempts, or low-traffic forums that are going to stop existing after a week. You should very quickly realize this after using a “real” index or search engine. No, your inability to find awesome secrets or spooky media is not because you haven’t found the right index/search engine. It’s because that stuff isn’t there. At least not on the “deep web.”

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Yeah, that might be disappointing, but even I was surprised to find, upon my first day visiting Tor, that it was far from what the horror stories had made it out to be. Most of what I clicked on turned out to be dead links, in fact.

Still, I was interested in what other networks might be out there, which was how I ended up coming across the variety of wireless mesh networks and P2P networks that were (or are) actively being developed.

One that interested me a lot was Netsukuku (maybe just because of its name), because it was not only a mesh network, but also, as the developers stated, meant to be “autonomous.” (How’s that for your giant A.I. separate from the internet?)

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Unfortunately, it appears that Netsukuku is no longer being developed, though I think you can download some releases of it from repositories:

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Index of /netsukuku

It may be that you can compile and install it, but there aren’t a whole lot of peers to connect to. I’ve experienced this on some other P2P networks, like Osiris Serverless Portal System, which I mentioned on a much earlier post.

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Osiris is a network that allows the anonymous creation of web portals without a central server – like Tor, its concept was to protect data and resist censorship. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have been updated in a long time either. You can try it out if you like at the link above.

Anyhow, my concept of a “Marianas Web” would be this: a censorship-resistant, private network that is not connected to the internet, and could only be accessed by a select group of people.

It, like Tor, would disguise your IP address and encrypt messages, but might also allow things like P2P file sharing. It would be interesting if it had types of services that you couldn’t find on Tor, to differentiate the two.

Want to create one? I’ll join you on there in a minute.

P.S. You want liiiiiiiiiinks, don’t you? Here:

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Darkfox: Access the Dark Web with Ease!

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NOTE: Darkfox will not help you access .clos, .rdos, .lll, or .loky domains. Those don’t exist!! It will help you access .onion, .I2P, and 127.0.0.1:8888 URIs.

by Ciphas

This may sound like an infomercial, but I swear it’s not.

Those of you who use darknets, in particular Tor, I2P, and Freenet, might have noticed that it can sometimes be inconvenient to have to run each one in a separate browser, or at least have to launch the programs separately.

Well, I found a program that makes it simpler to connect to any of these three networks with a simple command: it’s called Darkfox Launcher.

Its advantage is that it lets you access Tor, I2P, or Freenet without having to change your configurations every time. Plus, it’s very simple to use.

The GitHub page goes into a little more detail, but one of the most important questions it answers is: “How does Darkfox Launcher work?”

Here’s the answer: “Darkfox Launcher works by first changing the default profile of the Firefox Portable software and with that, changing the default network configuration. Once this phase is done, Darkfox will proceed by launching the Darknet proxy software to make the connection to the Darknet chosen by the user. When completed, Firefox Portable will boot to the default startpage of that specific Darknet.”

Darkfox is also a convenient way of quickly accessing one of these networks if, say, you need to contact someone through the network and don’t want to go through the process of installing, for example, I2P.

Included in its software package are these things: Firefox Portable Edition, and the proxy software from the Tor Project, the Invisible Internet Project (I2P), and the Freenet Project. If you’re unfamiliar with each of these, it might help to check them out individually first!

So what’s my opinion? I’ve been using it for a little while now, and while it does have a few bugs, I love it. (Besides, what software doesn’t have bugs, especially in the early stages?)

And you may have noticed that, since it’s on GitHub, Darkfox Launcher is also open source. To that end, if you want to fork it and contribute to the code, feel free.

Now, its downside is that it isn’t as secure as the actual Tor browser. So, if you’re doing some kind of hardcore whistleblowing, or engaging in illicit activities, I don’t recommend Darkfox for you. It’s still a work-in-progress, though, so future versions will probably have improved security features.

On a side note, this may just be nostalgia, but its UI reminds me of both the DOS command prompt and the Bash Unix shell. *Nerding out*

While it may not be about bells and whistles, I think Darkfox Launcher accomplishes its purpose well. For more information about it, check out the Darkfox Read Me: https://github.com/blacklight447/Darkfox-Launcher/blob/master/README.md.

If that’s not enough, take a look at its source code here: https://github.com/blacklight447/Darkfox-Launcher/blob/master/darkfox%20code

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Who knows? Perhaps in the future, it will have the ability to launch Tor and do your taxes.

Dream Market: Drugs, Data, and Digital

by Ciphas

DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational and entertainment purposes only.  I do not condone the use of illegal substances and/or services.  Anything you do on the dark web is at your own risk!! 

Good morning, readers!  In my earlier post Interview: Eileen Ormsby, Author of Silk Road & All Things VICE, I thought of one of Ms. Ormsby’s answers to the question: “Have you explored some of the darknet markets that are still in business?”

Her answer began with: “Yes, all of them.  And they are boring.  Which is exactly what a market should be to stay in business.”  Ormsby was making this statement in comparison to the Silk Road market, which attracted a lot of buzz and public interest.  I see her point, but I still wanted to find out for myself if some of these markets were as “boring” as she claimed.

So, one of the markets I chose to look into was Dream Market, which is currently one of the top darknet markets.  (And as I always say, I’m sure you dark web veterans already know about it.)  It’s an escrow market (established in 2013) that can be accessed via the Tor network.

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Dream Market – the real one.

What I’m tending to notice as I explore more of these markets is that they look very similar (as far as site design goes).  On the sidebar are usually the various categories of goods, and within those, you can navigate to specific products and vendors.  The difference, often, is with the individual vendors and products.

As I’ve said before, I haven’t exactly gone through and snorted all the coke and GHB to see if it was high-quality.

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7.8/10 – Too much water.

Drugs seem to be the most popular product by far, which isn’t really that surprising – but they aren’t the only thing for sale, believe it or not.  Also popular are drug paraphernalia (pipes, needles, etc.), and then, of course, there are many non-drug-related products as well (even…gasp!…legal things).

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In my opinion, the registration process for Dream Market was very easy – but if you want a more in-depth guide (that you can access without Tor), look at How To Access Dream Market.

Basically, like most sites where you have to register, you create a username and password, and also a security PIN.  Unlike markets such as Python, Acropolis, and Apple Market, you don’t need an invite or referral to join this one; you just sign up and boom!

You also need to have a bitcoin wallet of some kind in order to purchase the goods (hey…tell something I don’t know!).  There are various bitcoin mixers (a.k.a. tumblers) that help obscure the transactions, such as Grams Helix or BitCloak.

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Screenshot credit: deepdotweb.com

So, that’s the easy part.  The question is – how does it compare to other markets?  Well, if you go by the reviews on Deepdotweb: Dream Market, it’s a very good site (although sometimes these reviews are made by the vendors themselves).  You can’t trust anyone, can you?  (Well, sometimes you can; other times, you just learn the hard way.)

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Short of trying the products yourself, it can also be helpful to visit the official Dream Market Forum, in which customers often share their experiences.  If there are scammers within the market (and this seems to be a frequent occurrence), they usually get outed sooner or later.

I Don’t Like the Drugs…

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As I mentioned before, drugs aren’t the only product available, even if they are the most popular.  Though I have yet to actually purchase any goods, I’ve half-considered buying some of the legal goods (like the books on hacking), to see if I would actually receive the product.

If I succeed at this in the near future, I’ll definitely post about it.  Other products you might come across include include pornsite accounts (that you would normally pay a fortune for), hacked accounts (PayPal, etc.), skimmed credit cards, computer equipment, and other things.

For those of you who’ve never ventured into any of these markets (but might be curious), feel free to visit Dream Market and experience it for yourself.  As Eileen Ormsby said, the site itself might be boring, but if you’re the type to do drugs (or what-have-you) anyway, this is probably a safer alternative than buying them on the street.

Some people do get scammed out of their bitcoins, and others do sometimes get arrested in the process, just to warn you.  On the other hand, that seems a bit less common than it used to be with the “Silk Road” markets.

So…if you do decide to shop at Dream Market, just know what you’re getting into.  And don’t tell them I sent you.