Good morning, readers! I’m back after quite the hiatus. I confess this is because I’ve been writing for other publications! (That’s good, right?)
I’ve also been (as the title says) exploring quite a few more darknets beyond just Tor, I2P, and Freenet. Maybe this is obvious to some, but those three are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Anyhow, those of you who watch SomeOrdinaryGamers on YouTube (specifically his “Deep Web Browsing” series), might recognize the site above, called Alienet. He covered it in his video AYYLMAO PARALLEL NET!?!.
According to the person (people?) who run Alienet, it’s a VPN-based hidden network, that emphasizes privacy, anonymity, and security.
In their words (misspellings left intact):
Alienet is the only hidden network that will totally hide your ass from the big brother: when you’re connected to Alienet, your machine will result OFFLINE for the entire internet wolrd! Is that safe enough? Enjoy my dears…..
Spelling and grammar errors aside, I do believe that Alienet is a legit network (in spite of Tor’s plethora of scams).
It uses OpenVPN, an open-source SSL VPN. OpenVPN allows remote access, site-to-site VPNs, and a number of other configurations.
In order to join Alienet, you have to install OpenVPN (of course), and then ask for an Alienet Client Key. The admin will ask you for some particular information, including your operating system, encryption keys, and a contact email.
OK, sounds pretty simple, right? I haven’t actually connected to the network yet, but I have tried one of their other services, specifically AnonyMail, which is a privacy-themed email service.
Of note: AnonyMail works on both the clearnet and on the Tor network, so you can receive emails from darknet email clients like SIGAINT and OnionMail, as well as most clearnet email providers.
I did a test email to one of my darknet friends through AnonyMail, and it worked with no issues, so I’m assuming that it’s perfectly OK.
The other day, I also finally connected to OpenVPN (I was having password issues initially), and it works just fine. So…once I finish the Alienet process, I’ll probably do a “Part 2” about that.
The site also explains that once you connect to Alienet, you can access “.anon sites,” which aren’t official DNS names – they certainly aren’t listed at IANA – Root Zone Database (i.e. the official list of approved domain names). I believe this is how the .onion domain name was originally created.
Some DNS names, after they’ve been submitted for approval, do become official names, but that takes a long time.
Anyhow, I thought this might interest some of you. Take a look at the network, and let me know if you find anything interesting!