Anonymous members on the deep web have launched a new chat service specifically “to teach the next generation of hacktivists.” What sets this chat apart from others is that unlike AnonOps IRC, the chat will not be used to plan or conduct missions. Unlike services offered by AnonHQ, 4Chan or Reddit, it will not be used for general conversation and information sharing.
As stated in the video below, in response to the efforts of government around the world to censor the movement, the chat hopes “to arm the current generation of internet activists with education.” Their plan is to provide virtual classrooms where teachers can give instruction on a variety or subjects including security culture; hacking & technical tutorials; history; and how to properly utilize encryption & anonymity software.
How To Access OnionIRC
A step-by-step tutorial on how to connect to the OnionIRC using your Tor Browser and the HexChat IRC client can be found below:
Step 1:DownloadTor BrowserandHexChat. You can download them from Softpedia mirrors, or from their homepages.
Step 2:Open HexChat and clickADD. A screenshot of the appropriate settings is available below.
In theLogin Methodsection, you can leave those fields blank for the first visit. After you connect to the IRC for the first time, make sure to register an identity.
The rest of the information you need to keep in mind, is the OnionIRC URL and port, which are:onionirchubx5363.onion/6667
Step 3:Open the Tor Browser, and keep it open for the time you are on the OnionIRC. In HexChat’sSettingsoption, go toNetwork, and then toNetwork Setup.
Here you’ll set up a proxy server with the details from the image below. Keep in mind that, every time you close the Tor Browser, these settings will be wiped, and you’ll have to apply them all over again. That’s it, you’re done. Connect to the OnionIRC.
You can follow the movements, find new class schedules and download content previously covered on the Anonymous OnionIRC Twitter page:https://twitter.com/onionirc
So what does this mean? To put it most simply: If someone tries to log your IP, this person will see the IP of your VPN service provider, protecting your personal computer. It will cost you money for a good VPN service, but you do get what you pay for in this industry. However, even on the lower end of price range spectrum, most VPN services do an adequate job.
Below are two of the most trusted VPN servers, there are of course many others if you do the research. We recommend the following services because they allow users the most options/control over settings. They are also some of the most highly rated VPN services by several leading sites.
Free VPN’s do exist, but use at your own risk. The most trustedfreeVPN’s appear to be RiseUP VPN & BetterNet VPN.<–I have recommended these to countless users over the last year and have not heard one negative thing about either.
For those of you who are more advanced, or complete computer nerds, here is a tutorial on how to manually set up a VPN within your own computer. If done successfully, this will protect your computer better than any paid service and will offer more protection for your personal files:http://anonhq.com/how-to-manually-setup-vpn-on-pc-anondos/
CyberGhost offers a free and paid VPN service, however, I have heard from multiple Anonymous sources that not only is CyberGhost the easiest VPN to hack through, but it also regularly coordinates with the FBI.
This leads us to our next piece of advice, when selecting a VPN service,DO NOT SELECT ANY VPN BASED OUT OF THE UNITED STATES!
The reason for this is simple, its not that these companies are evil or offer an inferior product, it is because there is no containing the power of the United States government from within the United States. For example, in the US, a simple subpoena -which legally does not even have to be reviewed by a court or judge – is all that is required to force corporations and companies to overturn data and information to the federal government – under severe penalty of law.The FBI has even convinced US Congress to pass a new law, essentially criminalizing the use of security software– such as VPN’s – to take effect in the near future.
Outside of the federal government, a VPN alone should be enough to protect you from the average person on the internet – 99% of ‘white hat hackers‘. But once you have one, you are ready forSTEP 2:setting up some sort of proxy protection.
There are different ways you can go about creating a proxy. The most most simple way is to use a browser with built in proxy protection – many people have traditionally used the Tor browser for this.
A proxy browser is helpful because it will conceal the IP of your computer on whatever web site you are using. If someone is trying to log your IP on a site, or the site you are using logs your IP, they will pick up the Tor exit node your computer is using at that particular time, not your personal IP. If someone is able to crack through the Tor proxy, which almost no one is capable of doing outside of federal governments, they will still end up having to face your VPN. So, if you sign into your VPN first, then proxy second, the proxy browser will protect your VPN. In this way, it creates a duel level protection.
One of these recent alternatives can be found in the Opera browser. Opera has been less popular over recent years, but it has been redesigned in 2016 and now offers its own built in VPN. Opera now also offers an incognito mode, similar to Mozilla, which does not record cookies or browser history once turned on. More and more Internet users are making the switch to Opera, mainly because of their new VPN.
So, now that you have your VPN and proxy browser. WithSTEP 3, you can add onproxy chain.
The longer the chain the longer/harder it will take for anyone who wants to hack into you. Every proxy that a hacker can bypass will lead them straight to another proxy address which leads to another, so on and so forth. If someone can somehow get through all of them, they end up at your browser proxy, then VPN – this is how proxy chains will add a third layer of protection.
It is rare to encounter proxy chains, but for this same reason, it is much more effective than a standalone VPN. Let it be noted, mush like with paid VPN services, if you pay for a proxy chain, you get what your pay for. If you are interested, here are some links to teach you how to manually set up your own proxies for free:
Internet Explorer, Tor and Safari do not enable WebRTC – yet.
**WARNING: There was an app available to block WebRTC from Google Chrome but it has been deleted by google and you will be vulnerable on that browser. Ditch Chrome and Gmail altogether if you care at all about protecting your privacy. See alternative emails lists further down the article**
STEP 5:This next bit may not be completely necessary and may make browsing the Internet annoying until you get used to it, but it does serve as a last line of defense either way. So, if you want lock tight security, you are going to want a Java Script blocker. No Script is a free open source java blocker, which allows your to peal back java script on websites, layer by layer. You can customize settings for every unique website you enter easily with just the click of a button.
Ghostmail.This service allows you to sign up to an encrypted email service. The server is located in Switzerland and offers free end to end encryption on all emails. The service also has a built in “self destruct mode” which, when turned on, will automatically delete any message after it has been read – Mission Impossible stye. At no point in signing up for this service are you asked to confirm anything or give away any personal information.Sign Up Here:www.ghostmail.com
ProtonMail.Another service offering free end to end encryption who’s services are located in Switzerland –outside of US laws and jurisdiction. Like Ghostmail, at no point in time are you asked for any personal information. If you are a fan of the Television show “Mr. Robot” this is Elliot’s email of choice.Sign Up Here:https://protonmail.com/
** WARNING: Never open an email from a sender you do not know. It might seem harmless, but the simple act of opening an email can send the IP Address of your computer to the sender of that email. It is extremely simple for a hacker/phisher to set this up **
Always use caution when clicking on links in an email, online chat, social networking posts, even from someone you may know, but particularly by sources you do not. Clicking on a link that appears to be benign in nature may in fact contain embedded malware or IP loggers that can compromise your computer. Once compromised, the data on your computer can be exploited and even your computer can be remotely operated as a surrogate in online attacks against others.
**If you find that you have downloaded something malicious and own a windows computer, go to start/system restore/select a date prior to the download and reset your system. This will reboot your system to a time before it was effected by the virus**
Always make sure that your firewalls are turned on, your anti-virus software is up to date and you have disabled remote access connection to your computer.
Use CCleaner on a (fairly) regular basis. This is a free disk cleaner tool “on steroids”. It works by searching for and deleting useless files on your computer, thus freeing up your hard-drive. Asexplained by How-To-Geek, “it will also erase your browser history, cookies, and cache files for any browsers you have installed — Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, even Opera. It will even erase the cookie data stored by your Flash Player. It will even wipe out other potentially privacy-risking data, such as the list of recently opened file names in Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, VLC media player, and other common Windows applications.”
Please note, if you use CCleaner, you should save or write down all the passwords to your online accounts before using. You would be surprised how much information the internet and your computer remembers about you – until every bit of it is deleted.
Invent an alias, a surname if you will, with a name of your choice. Go and register this name with one of the email service providers located above. Use this new email to register any new Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, et cetera accounts. Be sure to clear all browser cookies before using this alias, or better yet, use a different web browser for your anonymous identity than you would use for your more typical internet activity. If you can not remember passwords or account information for this, store then in an encrypted file (encryption tutorials located further down the article).
Hide your profile from search engines. This can be accomplished by going to the Account/Privacy Settings/ Search and unchecking the “Public Search Results” box. This will remove your public preview from Google, Bing, and Yahoo search returns.
How To Kick Someone From Your Computer
If you ever sense that someone is on your computer, you can use the following sequence to boot them off your computer, at least temporarily. You can use the command inboldon a regular basis. It will not disrupt your Internet connection.
Open cmd window
title Hacker (press enter)
color a (enter)
echo off (enter)
If you want to try and find the IP address of that person on your computer open cmd and use:netstat -nornetstat -anornetstat -anp.
The Dark Web is the encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients aka cyber criminals, activists and many others who want encrypted communications. The Tor Network, the only network that protects the user’s identity and does not watch their Internet activities, helps Internet users retain their privacy online — especially when they are being watched by third parties.
Since most of the Dark Web is a haven for drug markets, pedophiles and sex traffickers who use Tor or set up anonymous .onion websites to hide their location and to ply their illegal trade, it becomes difficult for law enforcement to unmask the criminals seeking refuge in the shadows.
In their attempt to uncover the creators, possessors, and subscribers of child pornography,a group of anonymous hackers breached Freedom Hosting II —the largest host of Dark Web sites accessible only through Tor — downloaded gigabytes of data, and took down and defaced some 10,613 .onion websites.
According to Sarah Jamie Lewis, an independent anonymity & privacy researcher who spotted the mass hack as part of her regular scans of the Onion space (Dark Web sites running on the Tor network), Freedom Hosting II was hosting an estimated 15% to 20% of all websites on the Dark Web.
This means that the hack took down nearly a fifth of the Dark Web. Lewis toldThe Verge: “This is a major blow considering many were personal or political blogs and forums. In the short term,a lot of diversity has disappearedfrom the Dark Web.”
We were able to identify FHII-hosted sites through SSH fingerprints & Hostname hacking among others. Hosted sites now redirect to message.pic.twitter.com/DMhMb5ixtH
Security researcher Chris Monteiro claimed the Freedom Hosting II hack may have disrupted a substantial number of botnets, which are increasingly used by cyber criminals to launch large-scale DDoS attacks.
Freedom Hosting II onion keys and an index of who they hosted wrapped it up in a 10 meg single torrenthttps://t.co/kGleN1Fn5a
Monteiro also discovered the .onion websites were not only hosting botnets, but also fraud sites, sites peddling hacked data, weird fetish portals, and child abuse sites targeting both English and Russian speaking buyers. Websites defaced inthe Freedom Hosting II hackinclude:
In an interview withVICE, the hackers explainedwhy and howthey took down the Dark Web hosting provider:
“Initially we didn’t want to take down FHII. But thenwe found several large child pornography siteswhich were using more than Freedom Hosting II’s stated allowance. Usually, Freedom Hosting II has a quota of 256MB per site, but these illegal sites comprised of gigabytes of material. This suggests they paid for hosting and the admin knew of those sites. That’s when I decided to take it down instead.”
In 2011 also, as part of Operation Darknet,anonymous hacked and DDoSed the first Freedom Hostingfor hosting child pornography websites. In 2013, when the first Freedom Hosting was hosting half of all Dark Web sites, the FBI used a misconfiguration in the Tor Browser setup to identify visitors to such websites, took down the service, and arrested its owner Eric Eoin Marques in Ireland. Charges laid against Marques were of facilitating the distribution of online child pornography.