Red Triangle Wiki Deleted!

For those of you who have been following this whole “red triangle” puzzle like I have, you may be disappointed to find out that the official wiki (on wikia, at least) has been deleted for not being a valid community.

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Not valid? Why? Were there not enough fans?

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I’m not sure why this is the case – perhaps the mods of that site didn’t find it to be relevant enough. However, there are some other sites with information about the puzzle (Reddit, of course!) Here’s the reddit thread (under r/ARG) for those who are interested: The Red Triangle – Cryptic deep web puzzle

Also, there are some YouTube videos about it – are you surprised? YouTube loves this kind of stuff!

Fright Knight, whose content I haven’t checked out much yet, has an in-depth video about it: The Unsolved Mystery of the Cryptic Deep Web Red Triangle Puzzle

There’s also some basic information on Steemit by (who else?) Defango, who brought attention to the whole thing in the first place: The Red Triangle Puzzle – updates.

Like Cicada 3301’s puzzles, there’s an endless amount of speculation and debate as to what these could be about. Are they a recruiting tool? Are they just for fun? Do they hint at something more sinister?

I don’t have any definitive answers about this, but since the wiki is gone, you puzzle solvers could use my blog posts as a reference, if you like! Unfortunately, I don’t have all the detailed lists of solutions that the wiki had previously.

In any case, it’s no big deal. I’m sure lots of other puzzles and mysteries will come along, but this one just happened to be one of the more intriguing ones as of late.

If you have any other mysteries to pass along, readers, feel free to share them in the comments. I like a good challenge.

 

 

 

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Getting the Hang of Linux! (Really.)

Some of the bros on MadIRC were messing with me about giving some variety to the blog, and suggested that I document my Linux learning process for you all. After all, the “dark web” isn’t always as fascinating as it’s made out to be.

So, as I’ve mentioned, my particular Linux distro is Ubuntu, which is considered to be a good distro for a beginner. I suppose that, after time, I may move on to something more advanced (yes, that’s what I tell myself…).

As some of you may know, Ubuntu at least has a GUI to start off with (I’m using the GNOME desktop), as opposed to, say, Arch, which is bare bones. Maybe I’ll get to that one day.

Mine looks very similar to this one:

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One of the major adjustments, of course, has been using the Terminal, and learning the associated commands. I assume this will become second nature at some point. I’m already used to typing:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

And getting the message “Permission denied, are you root?” That’s so much fun, isn’t it?

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One of the major reasons I switched to Linux was that I was tired of getting viruses on Windows, and as many had told me, “Don’t use Windows with the dark web!” I guess they weren’t kidding, huh?

Another reason is the fact that it’s open source, and that there seems to be a lot of Linux community support. In particular, I really disliked Windows 10 – I felt as though it was collecting way too much info about me, and had numerous glitches.

Anyway, a lot of the learning has been trial-and-error, but I subscribed to Linux Hint, which is helping, and plus, I know a lot of Linux users, so they’ve been giving me useful hints along the way. Hints like, “Type ‘yes [string]’ on the terminal.”

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Very funny guys.

Of course, I use Tor with it too, which seems to run very smoothly. I don’t know if it’s my imagination, but it seems faster. Is it?!

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In addition, I liked the idea of running Tor from the terminal, with a command like:

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I plan on documenting more of my Linux/dark web drama as it unfolds, so expect to hear more!

Besides, I know that some of you readers are also Linux users, so do you have any terminal hints for me? Feel free to leave them in the comments.

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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?

Interview with DrBundy, Hitman Site Operator

On the dark web, or more specifically, Tor, “hitman” sites are a dime a dozen. I had assumed that most were scams, based on both my experience and revelations about sites like Besa Mafia.

Nonetheless, when someone gave me the opportunity to interview a person who runs one of these sites, I couldn’t resist. The person in question is DrBundy, who runs a crowdfunded assassination site called DrBundy’s network. What I found a bit different about his site (as opposed to its competitors) is that they claim to target pedophiles, who, even on the dark web, are at the low end of the totem pole. Also, the profile pic he sometimes uses looks similar to this:

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I say that gets him cool points. Anyhow, I chatted with DrBundy recently, and got a few insights into running such a site.

Secrets of the Dark: Do you have an official website for your business? If so, what’s the onion link?

DrBundy: Yes, it is here, http://drbundyscn6tebow.onion/

SotD: What are some methods you might use to knock someone off?

DB: Preferably a gun. almost always a gun.

SotD: Are you a legitimate assassin? Many of the “hitman” sites on Tor have turned out to be fake.

DB: I have never been an assassin, or a hitman. These days I’m just the go-between and escrow for the clients and hitmen/women who are looking for work.

SotD: In relation to that, what is your opinion of other hitman sites on Tor, like Dark Mamba?

DB: In general, if they offer dumb things like torture and assault, it’s probably a scam.

SotD: Do you offer other services besides hits? For example, could you have someone beaten up, but not killed?

DB: No, “Dead men tell no tales”. I don’t want any of my hitmen compromised or caught because they went to “beat someone up” for a few dollars. We are not thugs.

SotD: What form of payment would you accept for transactions? For instance, bitcoin has sometimes been traced back to the person who did the transaction. Is there another one you might use?

DB: No, Our money guy takes care of the tracking issues. His job is solely to play with bitcoins and do whatever it is a money guy does before it’s split up and sent out to the respective parties (I.E. the hitman) when the job is completed.

SotD: Operating a service like this would require some technical knowledge as well. Do you manage it all yourself, or do you have a partner who handles the technical side?

DB: I have partners who handle almost every aspect of the service. Its designed so even if one of us goes down, we can continue the service with little to no interuption like when our tech guy went down and our site was down for awhile. We still contiued on, but we had no site for about a month while we rebuilt it.

SotD: I have heard through the grapevine that your service is very active. Without naming names, has it been successful so far?

DB: Yes, [but] we’ve been struggling to keep up lately.

SotD: How long have you been in this business, and when did you start using the dark web for it?

DB: The business side is a recent thing; it came around about the same time I became active on the dark [web]. In the past, I simply hunted pedos out of hate and disgust. This simply funds that.

SotD: Because part of your business has to operate offline, how do you maintain your anonymity?

DB: My side of the business operates solely online.

SotD: Where did you learn the skills that you need for this job? (For example, the military or a street gang.)

DB: Trial and error. Nothing says failure like a broken jaw and a gunshot wound from your own gun.

SotD: How can you guarantee that you would go through with a hit? For example, do you take a down payment, and then the customer pays the rest after it’s been carried out?

DB: I don’t carry out the hits. We are simply a network, if one man fails for whatever reason, we simply send another. If for some reason, we are just failing to complete the job, we will issue a refund. We have a reputation to build and maintain.

SotD: Are you the best assassin on the dark web? It looks like you have a lot of competition.

DB: Who knows?  But I do know that most are fake.

SotD: I like the idea that you have a “Save-a-Child Foundation” on your site (i.e. stopping pedophiles). Has this been a successful point of business for you?

DB: The business is based around the Save-a-Child Foundation. It was the reason I got into it. I could care less if people hire us to kill their ex-husband or wife; my main purpose in life is to kill pedophiles.

SotD: What else would you be willing to tell people about yourself?

DB: My name is not really Dr. Bundy.

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?

Is the Shadow Web a Reality? (No!)

I was checking my stats earlier today, and I noticed that there are still a lot of people searching for the so-called “Shadow Web.” Plus, one of my most popular posts is the one called Is the Shadow Web a Reality? (Updated).

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I hate to disappoint you, but there is no Shadow Web; I’m certain of it. I wrote that post back when I was new to the dark web, and still believed a lot of the myths. The image above is from a scam site that’s trying to capitalize on these myths. A lot of other similar sites exist as well, that claim to be red rooms, like this one:

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Someone even contacted me not too long ago and said that he knows the operator of the hidden service that claims to be the “Shadow Web,” and that this person is “…a big troll.” That should tell you all you need to know. I could see why people would want to believe in such a thing, of course.

The dark web has a larger-than-life reputation, and numerous creepypastas have only added to this. Here’s one example: “Underground Families”. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good horror story as much as the next guy, but Tor has gained a terrible reputation because of things like this, and we need to separate fact from fiction.

Furthermore, there’s no Marianas Web either, so you can forget about finding that too. The things that do exist are networks like Tor, I2P, Freenet, GNUnet, ZeroNet, and Decentralized network 42 (dn42).

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If you haven’t used them, I could see where your imagination might go, but most of the sites revolve around things like technology, privacy, and anonymity. Here and there, you might find some disturbing things too, but those are in the minority.

There’s also Blockchain DNS, an alternative domain name system using blockchain technology, but that’s a bit different.

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On very rare occasions, I’ve found creepy sites, but those are few and far between. I guess the dark web isn’t the best place to hang out on Halloween.

 

Darknet Market Shopping?

Good afternoon, readers! I’ve been getting a lot of questions in private messages about buying goods on darknet markets recently, so I thought I’d share some general advice from what I know.

There has been a lot of turmoil in the darknet market world lately, due to the shutdowns of major markets like AlphaBay and Hansa, as well as many arrests. Just so you know, there’s never a guarantee that you won’t get caught.

That aside, first – figure out which markets are reliable, in general.

DeepDotWeb.com has a master list of darknet markets that are, at the very least, not phishing links or scams: Darknet Markets List. This helps you to weed out marketplaces that are phishing links from the very beginning.

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If you aren’t comfortable using their clearnet site, then they have a Tor hidden service as well: http://deepdot35wvmeyd5.onion. Keep in mind, of course, that like lots of other Tor sites, many phishing sites have been made of DeepDotWeb as well (with market phishing sites under the listings)! I find that the site DNStats is pretty helpful this way too; if you don’t want to use their clearnet site, try http://dnstatstzgfcalax.onion (no, that’s not a phishing link!).

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Once you’ve chosen the market that interests you, then make sure you have a good bitcoin wallet, like Electrum Bitcoin Wallet, which, in general, is considered to be one of the most secure.

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Of course, you’ll need to have some bitcoin as well, or Monero, or whatever cryptocurrency your market of choice accepts. Some others are beginning to take Ethereum or Litecoin.

Finally, register for the market that you have in mind. The process is different depending on the market, but in general, you need to come up with a username and password, and sometimes a PIN to withdraw bitcoins. Many of them give you the option to upload your PGP key as well (which I would recommend). You can use your PGP key not only to encrypt messages, but also as a form of two-factor authentication (2FA).

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Once you’ve done all that, then shop around as usual. It can also help to sign up for the market’s official forum, or to use one like DNM Avengers, so that you can get good feedback on which vendors are legit.

One of the trickiest parts of all this can be receiving your goods, so try to ensure that whichever vendor you use is good with “stealth.” Strangely enough, you should probably have the goods delivered to your home address, unless you live with your parents. Or at the very least, have it delivered somewhere that you trust, where the package is less likely to be intercepted. I assume that by doing all this, you know of the potential consequences.

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Some of this, unfortunately, you just have to learn from experience. It seems inevitable that whenever you’re new to something, you’re going to make mistakes.