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by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:00 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm's opensource license(s): Hessla & tldr license language
Replies: 5
Views: 25266

tldr license version 1.0

If you don't want your work incorporated into commercial products then you might consider GPLv3. The honest answer is that we don't have any sense that we actually can control whatever anyone does with the code we publish - whether we want to, or not. A couple reasons for that: 1. Enforcing intelle...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: cryptostorm reborn: voodoo networking, stormtokens, PostVPN exotic netsecurity
Topic: tunnelling cryptosorm session thru SSL tunnel
Replies: 12
Views: 50939

tunnel parameters?

Can you post the ssl config you've been using from Air? That might help narrow down what's going on here, topologically. I'm sure others will have additional questions and suggestions, but that's the first thing that comes to my mind.

Cheers,

  • ~pj
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: Portuguese cluster - teething pains [RESOLVED]
Replies: 49
Views: 77498

Re: Portuguese cluster - teething pains [status update]

Second Portuguese box in negotiations with a separate DC have run aground over pricing for high-throughput bandwidth, which is a non-negotiable requirement for our machines given the structure and use-models of our network. As such, we're falling back to our second-choice option for provisioning the...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: new (1 November 2014) forum layout & features
Replies: 5
Views: 7002

Re: new (1 November 2014) forum layout & features

We've also opened up this newly-split thread to ongoing discussion of the forum, mods, extension, styles, and so on.

Cheers,

~ pj
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:33 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: performance-tuning high-capacity cryptostorm sessions
Replies: 6
Views: 11245

Re: performance-tuning high-capacity cryptostorm sessions

Bump, as this topic is coming up alot of late - mostly for Windows sessions, as I think our Linux session performance is currently doing quite well. Not sure wrt OSX - any feedback from the member community?

Cheers,

  • ~ pj
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:40 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: Silverlight/Netflix performance on cryptostorm
Replies: 10
Views: 13897

pinning down causal roots via a/b testing

How about a test video streaming session that's non-Silverlight, across the exact same cstorm-wrapped network topology, to see if that exhibits any issues? H.323 or whatever... does someone have a resource for doing such streaming-video performance tests off a standardised backend, so that it's not ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: independent cryptostorm token resellers, & tokens 101
Topic: New Reseller in town :-D || mirciado.com
Replies: 11
Views: 30865

empowering resellers in the reseller forum

It would be nice if support did a special threat talking about their resellers and putting all the links in there, like that everyone would think that's official, and not someone trying to ripe off cash. We'd love to have a better-organised reseller subforum in here, to be honest... it ends up bein...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:17 pm
Forum: #cleanVPN ∴ encouraging transparency & clean code in network privacy service
Topic: "VPN review" websites: Good, Bad, & Scammy
Replies: 10
Views: 68798

bestvpn.com

Interesting spec sheet, from bestvpn.com: BestVPN_Services.pdf And, what the hell, here's our reply to their note (I'm leaving out their email itself, as it's our policy not to publish email sent to us under assumed private circumstances unless the situation is genuinely extraordinary, or unless we'...
by Pattern_Juggled
Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:51 am
Forum: #cleanVPN ∴ encouraging transparency & clean code in network privacy service
Topic: frootvpn.com - publishing "private" client keys
Replies: 3
Views: 27593

cipher suites?

Also no ciphers specified, which means (generally) OpenVPN server-side will negotiate the cipher suite that the local OpenSSL build has in common with whatever client is trying to connect... which is, unfortunately, an excellent attack surface for "rollback attacks" of the sort that have been so pub...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: Portuguese cluster - teething pains [RESOLVED]
Replies: 49
Views: 77498

Re: Portuguese cluster - teething pains [status update]

Just out of interest, what is the tool used in that screenshot? I'm looking for something simple to monitor server availability, and I'm curious. :) Ah, this is one question I can answer. The screenshot is from a pingdom report. It's a nifty tool and really easy to configure - although it's not one...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:48 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Are longer-duration tokens a security risk?
Replies: 3
Views: 7104

token tumbler

One of these days, we'll sit down and code up a 'token tumbler' to automate the process of cycling a token out with a newly-issued (identical duration) token, so folks who want to be 100% sure their token isn't identical over time can do so with minimum process overhead. It's on the list, although I...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:44 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm's Hostname Assignment Framework (HAF) | rev. 1.1
Replies: 9
Views: 24667

thoughts on FQDN publication

Can we have a list of all the FQDN for the exit nodes? The current list of FQDNs is... embarrassing. Lots of duplicate entries, orphaned entries, etc. None of it causes security issues (that I can see, in any case), but it's a bit of spaghetti code that dates back to the early days of the network, ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Are longer-duration tokens a security risk?
Replies: 3
Views: 7104

Are longer-duration tokens a security risk?

A few days back, in our twitter feed , a question was asked about whether longer-duration tokens represent, prima faciae , a security risk compared to short-duration tokens. This is an insightful question, and drives off the potential use of a token as a temporally-stable identifier of a given netwo...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:52 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm's Hostname Assignment Framework (HAF) | rev. 1.1
Replies: 9
Views: 24667

Re: cryptostorm's Hostname Assignment Framework (HAF) | rev.

So what are you saying here? Are you saying that all of the Windows instances across physical nodes have a group of MongoDB shards which replicate amongst each other, and there's a separate group of MongoDB shards for raw instances which do the same? Or do all shards communicate with all shards? I'...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:49 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm's Hostname Assignment Framework (HAF) | rev. 1.1
Replies: 9
Views: 24667

the post-heartbleed HAF consolidation

Many thanks for posting this. I will point out one thing that was not mentioned - it may well have been considered to be out of scope - which is Heartbleed, and the impact it had on the HAF. As an example, "raw-frankfurt.cstorm.pw" resolves to 46.165.222.246, which is a pre-Heartbleed instance. To ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:13 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Weird incoming connections (Fenrir)
Replies: 14
Views: 15711

swarm traffic?

This looks to me like a torrent client on a DHCP'd IP address, coming out of Denmark, that was likely talking with someone logged in thru Fenrir and now it's trying to find out if that peer is still around. Because this is UDP traffic, it's stateless - and the only hard identifier for the session (o...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:44 am
Forum: independent cryptostorm token resellers, & tokens 101
Topic: Reseller?
Replies: 7
Views: 22495

Re: Reseller?

My understanding is that someone has been back in touch with you regarding this resales request - if that is not the case, please post in this thread and I'll ensure it happens quickly. Apologies for the lagged reply - we're working hard to get our reseller support up to speed with current requireme...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:24 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: CLOSED: aleph tokens ~ unlimited duration batch
Replies: 33
Views: 49354

Re: CLOSED: aleph tokens ~ unlimited duration batch

vpnDarknet wrote:& PJ, your eloquent posts have been missed man!
...eloquent posts? Someone must have been posting to my account unauthorised, since nothing I've written in decades would likely qualify as "eloquent!" :D

Cheers,

  • ~ pj
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: CLOSED: aleph tokens ~ unlimited duration batch
Replies: 33
Views: 49354

complimentary "activist alephs"

A number of alephs have been provided to hard-charging frontline activists who, we felt, had more than earned the peace of mind of lifetime network security protection online. Generally this process happens behind the scenes and isn't mentioned publicly. On behalf of the team, I'd like to thank thos...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:37 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: 1.4 config files: bugtracking, feedback, discussion, questions, etc.
Replies: 25
Views: 26240

1.4 config files: bugtracking, feedback, discussion, questions, etc.

note : folks seeking the most current client configuration files need not wade through this entire discussion thread! The current versions are always posted in a separate, dedicated thread , and will be continuously updated there. Continue reading this thread if you're curious about the details of ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: cryptostorm reborn: voodoo networking, stormtokens, PostVPN exotic netsecurity
Topic: Q&A - VPN and Tor - together??
Replies: 3
Views: 18143

Q&A - VPN and Tor - together??

This is a response to a request for info we received which we thought would be nice to share here, to help all... Basically Q's are: 1) If I am running Cryptostorm client and then on top run the TOR client at the same time, will running Cryptostorm give me an extra layer of security whilst browsing ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm's Post-Heartbleed Certificate Upgrade Trajector
Replies: 85
Views: 139487

threat modelling

I'm taking the liberty of jumping in here, which I hope proves to be constructive. Speaking personally, I don't see any big issue with the injection of snark into the discussion on occasion. We're all adults here, and when we're passionate about things... well, occasionally snark happens. No capital...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:00 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm's Post-Heartbleed Certificate Upgrade Trajector
Replies: 85
Views: 139487

PFS & cryptographic competence

To follow up on earlier conversations, I'd like to quote from two of my colleagues in the area of security research and cryptographic systems - two who for me carry both high credibility and the ability to explain substantive concepts in concise language. Starting with Dr. Matthew Green, of Johns Ho...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: CLOSED: aleph tokens ~ unlimited duration batch
Replies: 33
Views: 49354

Re: aleph tokens ~ unlimited duration tranche

Finally!! Take my $$$ hangingcat_Large.jpg Hang in there... We're working on a few things that will affect the size of the tranche, the provisioning of new servers, etc. thus the delays... But we're going ahead with this. Also, we're going to price what we've tentatively called "Cluster Tokens" for...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:08 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: Hashing Tokens: The What & The Why
Replies: 1
Views: 33188

Hashing Tokens: The What & The Why

Hashing Tokens: The What & The Why ficha-token.jpg As folks have become more familiar with the mechanisms & underlying design components of our token-based authentication model, one question has come up with regularity: what's up with the hashing? And... fair enough. For someone interpolating the o...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Activist support & frontline realities
Replies: 3
Views: 4681

Re: Activist support & frontline realities

vpnDarknet wrote:Great work, & thanks for creating the tools and community :clap:
No, no... thank you! :thumbup:
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by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Activist support & frontline realities
Replies: 3
Views: 4681

Activist support & frontline realities

After talking this over with the team, I've been nominated to provide a very brief note here in the announcements subforum - and, yes, nominating me for a "brief note" borders on oxymoronic. During this week, there's been a relative absence of several of our folks here in the forum. Not a crisis, as...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: Dorky "takedown" notices
Replies: 14
Views: 39481

Re: Dorky "takedown" notices

They never respond.

That's the thing that gets me. In years and years of helping to handle the required "takedown notice responses" we get from hosting providers day in and day out... these bots never respond, when you email them with a question. Never.

What a scam.
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm exitnode clusters: listing+requests+roadmap
Replies: 93
Views: 102777

On trusting locales for exitnode clusters, a rambling rant..

1) I really don't believe that putting a cluster in the USA is the smart way to go, since the recent events I've shutdown 2 servers that the company that I worked for add in Florida and LA. We shouldn't trust a USA based company, period. First off, we're in 100% agreement that trusting a datacentre...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: performance-tuning high-capacity cryptostorm sessions
Replies: 6
Views: 11245

Re: performance-tuning high-capacity cryptostorm sessions

I'll just go ahead and leave this here...
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...never, ever seen anything like it in more than six years providing network security service. Not even close. :wtf:
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: Blackberry 10 or Blackberry Playbook Support?
Replies: 6
Views: 5789

Re: Blackberry 10 or Blackberry Playbook Support?

I've moved this up into the smartphone subforum, so we can see if a wider group of members can have a chance to take a run at it (with a pointer left in the connection guides subforum).

My short-form question would be: is there any OpenVPN port to the platform?
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: guides, HOWTOs & tutorials
Topic: HOWTO: SHA512 hashing of tokens
Replies: 7
Views: 22228

Re: HOWTO: SHA512 hashing of tokens

There is a known issue with unintended "end of line" (EOL) characters being injected into SHA512 inputs when using certain terminal-based utilities. The result is a hash value that is incorrect, and "auth failed" messages from the cryptostorm network. We thank a patient network member for helping to...
by Pattern_Juggled
Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm exitnode clusters: listing+requests+roadmap
Replies: 93
Views: 102777

Re: poll: where to add new exitnode clusters?

Isn't international data traffic in the Asia/Australasia region rather expensive compared to say the EU or the US? Al least, that's what I've read... The best that can be said about transit costs is that... they make negotiating to buy a used car look transparent and simple. Some places are unquest...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm exitnode clusters: listing+requests+roadmap
Replies: 93
Views: 102777

Re: poll: where to add new exitnode clusters?

Australia! This is something we'd quite like to do - what we're lacking is confidence in a datacentre over there that can meet our needs, just through lack of direct experience in that market on behalf of our team. So, if you've any recommendations we'd very much like to hear them as that's somepla...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm exitnode clusters: listing+requests+roadmap
Replies: 93
Views: 102777

Re: poll: where to add new exitnode clusters?

I voted for Netherlands. I know an exit for the old CC network was there, and I assume the team is familiar with the Dutch DC setup process and all that jazz. However, I didn't see Switzerland on the list. Is it a territory you've considered? We're actually in negotiations regarding a cluster in Zu...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: optimising torrenting performance on cryptostorm: discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 109375

Re: optimising torrenting performance on cryptostorm: discus

This is similar to the set up I had on the old Cryptocloud network: I was allocated a port, so all I had to do was ensure my client was up and running and on the same port. On CS however, if I telnet to port 34955 on the exit node, I get "Connection refused". I assume netcat will behave the same wa...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:03 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: optimising torrenting performance on cryptostorm: discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 109375

Re: optimising torrenting performance on cryptostorm: discus

Just saw this post of yours, and I believe you are correct: with no way to find your torrent client (hidden deep within the CS network), peers outside will not be able to initiate connections to your client. This means that two peers connected via CS, using a private tracker sited outside of the CS...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: crypto, VPN & security news
Topic: [TF] Canada Wants VPNs to Log and Warn Pirating Customers
Replies: 5
Views: 5623

Re: [TF] Canada Wants VPNs to Log and Warn Pirating Customer

With that said, the most obvious difference between Tor and any VPN service (to my eyes anyway) is that VPNs use a paid-for something to grant right of access, anonymous or not. Could it be possible then, that VPN providers could be deliberately classified as "virtual ISPs", just so that they would...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm exitnode clusters: listing+requests+roadmap
Replies: 93
Views: 102777

Hey guy... Relakks, guy - it's Sweden!!!

Sweden - For some reason people love Sweden based VPNs. Maybe cater towards this strange preference, even though I don't see any real benefits from that location. It's ironic, because Sweden has passed some particularly nasty data retention laws - that do apply to "VPN services" - and in general ma...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: widget connection - slow connection - debugging
Replies: 8
Views: 7246

Re: Insanely slow downloading speed

Oh, and I'm honestly not sure if/how this is done in Windows, but for Linux clients it's super helpful to do some kernel network parameter tuning, in order to really get maximal cryptostorm performance (and better network performance overall, in 90+% of cases). Transmit/receive buffers, NIC buffers,...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: widget connection - slow connection - debugging
Replies: 8
Views: 7246

zero.cryptostorm.org

There's a newly-opened performance-tuning thread that covers some of these topics, so here's a pointer to that one (I don't think merging the two is really needed): http://zero.cryptostorm.org tl;dr is that there has been a problem node in Montreal ; we're working with the DC to resolve that - the r...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm: zero tolerance policy implemented
Replies: 23
Views: 50673

Re: cryptostorm: zero tolerance policy implemented

with utorrent, ive seen connect max out around 2500kB's, nothing to complain about there. I will test again later to see if I get same result This is useful data. An extra request, and then a reminder for other folks who will be posting as well. If possible, please do pin down the specific node IP ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: I've installed the widget, but it "hangs up" - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 7305

Windows registry & Tap adapter snafu

Incidentally, there's a longstanding bug relating to the way Windows allocates certain resources in its "registry" that can block installation of current Tap drivers. Our support folks have been digging into this issue, as a small handful of network members are stuck on exactly this problem. For tho...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: compressing encrypted packet streams? lzo 101
Replies: 6
Views: 6897

Re: compressing encrypted packet streams? lzo 101

Noob question: if compression exposes predictable bit patterns, would it not be sensible/preferable/choose a "*ble" to compress first and then encrypt so that the "outside layer" of the data stream is the encryption? Or does encryption work better on larger data sets? Or am I completely off track? ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: crypto, VPN & security news
Topic: [TF] Canada Wants VPNs to Log and Warn Pirating Customers
Replies: 5
Views: 5623

Re: [TF] Canada Wants VPNs to Log and Warn Pirating Customer

Somewhere around here is a comment we posted in reply to that article - it likely isn't found in the actual comments section of the article in question, as the TF boys have lately developed something of a habit of censoring comments they don't like, and/or which criticize them or their "promoted spo...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: I've installed the widget, but it "hangs up" - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 7305

Re: client config for cryptostorm: general discussion & bugh

after I put the token and clicked connect, it freezes al logging into the darknet. It doesn't connect. The client I use is called cryptostorm_windows_widget-dynamic_0-92 What is wrong? I'm moving this over into the widget support thread, as it basically ended up temporarily orphaned where it had be...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Registration via Tor
Replies: 2
Views: 3578

Re: Registration via Tor

What specifically is happening during your registration attempts? We certainly do not block Tor IPs from registering here, not intentionally in any case. It's possible they are getting swept into the standard "spam blacklists" pushed by some of the phpBB anti-spam modules... I've not heard of that b...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: independent cryptostorm token resellers, & tokens 101
Topic: THEORY: Network Tokens as a currency
Replies: 8
Views: 28844

Re: THEORY: Network Tokens as a currency

One thing that caught my eye is the term "minting". Are they minted in the BitCoin fashion (as in there is a relatively low and finite supply), or is it in the fashion of a credit card number (i.e. "simply" mathematically valid)? Both, and neither. And this is really more Graze's expertise, but I'l...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: new forum style - feedback, suggestions, etc.
Replies: 19
Views: 15514

Re: new forum style - feedback, suggestions, etc.

On a side note it's interesting to see that color-blind people tend to like strong (and I mean STRONG) contrasts. Maybe not so unexpected after all because what else is left to differentiate from colors if the color itself is not visible? That's pretty much spot-on. I'm literally shooting in the da...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: new forum style - feedback, suggestions, etc.
Replies: 19
Views: 15514

Re: new forum style - feedback, suggestions, etc.

I actually think some of the suggestions in the last guest post look pretty nice - but rather than jiggering too much, I've gone and simply re-colourised the existing style. Feedback appreciated, as we're still counting on a colourblind fellow (me) to make colour choices which is, perhaps, not the b...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:49 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm's full public launch - press release
Replies: 2
Views: 8359

Re: cryptostorm's full public launch - press release

Very well said. Where will you publish this? (I am thinking where I will put a link, surely on the Manjaro Forum) To be honest, we've sort of just shoved it out the front door - via PRWeb - and been scrambling to keep up with network traffic increases ever since... We'd be happy to have it crosspos...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:39 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: COMMENTS: Sochi tokens, aka punk Putin's Olympic spy-schemes
Replies: 4
Views: 4950

Re: COMMENTS: Sochi tokens, aka punk Putin's Olympic spy-sch

When it comes to societal bigotry and disrespect for human diversity, silence = death

We can do better than this, as a species and as a community. Russia is a proud country, and bigotry doesn't sit well with its vast history of diversity of cultures and lifestyles.
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by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm: non-widget Windows config file beta testing
Replies: 42
Views: 39921

Re: cryptostorm: non-widget Windows config file beta testing

I was about to suggest, point-blank, that some of the members posting feedback in this thread are as current on the non-widget OpenVPN GUI for Windows as anyone on our in-house team is... as a result, if there's proposed versions of config settings for these use-case scenarios that come out of this ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: optimising torrenting performance on cryptostorm: discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 109375

Re: cryptostorm & bittorrent: perf tuning & tweaks | ONGOING

Different. I had no more than 10 today and all were well seeded. So I don't think I overstrained my connection. I remember a session in the past where I had way over 30 torrents active at the same time and my speed was excellent. The relevant metric, generally, is number of concurrently-connected p...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:08 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: optimising torrenting performance on cryptostorm: discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 109375

Re: cryptostorm & bittorrent: perf tuning & tweaks | ONGOING

Although this is a thread for torrent performance-tuning, I wanted to point to a parallel thread that's been opened to discuss perf-tuning more broadly, across the network: https://cryptostorm.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=6083 As can be seen from various posts in this subforum regarding parameter testin...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: NOTE: OpenVPN bug input username on console (linux/systemd)
Replies: 4
Views: 7308

Re: OpenVPN bug entering username on console for linux + sys

There's been a good question asked on twitter . about whether saving "user/password" to file is a security issue and thus not recommended. I do not believe there's a sole "right" answer to this question, but I did want to put forward some additional data that might help the conversation and help fol...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:59 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: Final draft - launch release (3.0)
Replies: 2
Views: 7724

Re: Final draft - launch release (3.2)

After more than five years in the making, and months of exhaustive public beta testing, the cryptostorm darknet has now opened to full public availability. Incorporating extensive member community feedback during beta, as well as top-tier cryptographic expertise, cryptostorm offers an elegant, blaz...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: Final draft - launch release (3.0)
Replies: 2
Views: 7724

Re: Final draft - launch release (3.1)

After more than five years in the making, and months of exhaustive public beta testing, the cryptostorm darknet has now opened to full public availability. Incorporating extensive member community feedback during beta, as well as top-tier cryptographic expertise, cryptostorm offers an elegant, blaz...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: subnetting 101 tutorial
Replies: 1
Views: 5831

subnetting 101 tutorial

Handy to have around as a basic reference guide ... *==================================* :: Practical Subnetting made easy :: *==================================* - by EmErgE @ http://emerge.badfoo.net- {updated by BSDGurl} First off, remember the series of numbers and their order: 128, 192, 224, 24...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Opinions on Private Internet access
Replies: 4
Views: 9840

Re: Opinions on Private Internet access

AFAIK PIA once got so pissed about being called out that they started a trolling campaign both over at reddit and here on the forums. But this was before my time here... No, no - to be fair to PIA, they've never done that and we've never suggested they have. That was Torguard, and their little budd...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: browser fingerprinting: research, defences, future avenues of development
Replies: 39
Views: 91147

http://ipleak.net/

This is intended to check for "IP leaks," but it's also quite handy as a tool to demonstrate the power of browser-based fingerprinting. Give it a try...

http://ipleak.net/
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm: server-side configuration publication
Replies: 19
Views: 22993

version 1.1 cryptostorm sysctl server-side

Not sure if anybody's really curious about this or not, but we've done quite a bit of tuning of sysctl parameters within the exitnode clusters, and now that the version of these parameters in production has somewhat stabilised in terms of performance metrics, I'm going to go ahead and post up the 1....
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm & port forwarding - questions & info
Replies: 47
Views: 51705

Re: cryptostorm & port forwarding - questions & info

As there's several members with a keen interest in the topic, I thought to bring over several links relating to server-side "port forwarding" considerations. It's a subject of endless fascination for me, personally, and despite years of deployment experience, we're still regularly tweaking and impro...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: cryptostorm exitnode clusters: listing+requests+roadmap
Replies: 93
Views: 102777

Re: cryptostorm exitnode clusters: listing+requests+roadmap

More often, we see bottlenecks client-side at the router level... because residential routers are a hot mess, to be blunt. About 80% of performance tuning of network throughput likely needs to be done router-side, versus on the client machine itself, in most cases. Further, even the "slowest" modern...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: new forum style - feedback, suggestions, etc.
Replies: 19
Views: 15514

at_black

Thanks to @DesuStrike, we've (finally) got a new forum style. I'm told by folks that some of the colours are non-optimal. That's, err, my fault: I have poor colour perception, so having me choose colours is a bit like having a dolphin select a good den for a family of badgers... just not a great mat...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: cryptostorm reborn: voodoo networking, stormtokens, PostVPN exotic netsecurity
Topic: Tormail servers pwned by"FBI" during FH bust
Replies: 6
Views: 30488

Re: Tormail servers pwned by"FBI" during FH bust

Note dates, in regards to Torsploit & the publicly-pushed version of same from last August...
TorsploitTormail.png
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: Windows widget & GUI TAP driver snag | RESOLVED
Replies: 6
Views: 5445

Re: Windows widget - fixing TAP driver snags

This post is no help in settling the connection issue you've had - I hope Graze has provided useful information in that regard; his tutorial generally resolves these issues, when we see them - but I did want to make a few pointers, if you're curious to learn more. Normally my VPN's work with USERNAM...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: Windows widget & GUI TAP driver snag | RESOLVED
Replies: 6
Views: 5445

Re: Problem connecting

Marzmetal gives a good initial hunch - it does look like this is a TAP issue. One of our developers has quite a bit of expertise with these sorts of things; I've pointed him at this thread, and I'm sure he'll share his advice on a resolution this evening. These Windows TAP issues are very much an ar...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: forum & website upgrades during weekend
Replies: 1
Views: 5592

Re: forum & website upgrades during weekend

Also we've expanded our external website monitoring, via Pingdom's tools , as well as our internal staff-notification cascades for website outages. That's all been in place for network-level outages, but it makes sense to stripe it across website resources, as well. We ended up doing several more Ap...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: RSS-Cleanup: entrepot for spammy subforum posts
Replies: 11
Views: 9069

RSS options...

May I throw in 3 Votes for RSS? The people I privately assist in using CryptoStorm already asked me about a network status RSS and I had to turn them down. I also would love to see a simple RSS for quick network related news! Doesn't phpBB have an RSS feed component? I seem to remember seeing hooks...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: RSS-Cleanup: entrepot for spammy subforum posts
Replies: 11
Views: 9069

Re: Iceland v1.3 config resolves to Frankfurt cluster

I'll also send a mail to PJ redirecting him to here. Thanks for doing this, ds - I did get the note, but rather than reply with "we're working on it," I figured we'd simply push through until we had the cluster back in production, and then post results here - hopefully, that didn't come off as disr...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: Icelandic cluster offline / Franfurt redirect | RESOLVED
Replies: 1
Views: 2982

Re: Iceland v1.3 config resolves to Frankfurt cluster

This was not actually a bug, but rather a feature... Several days ago, we undertook a routine update of some firmware on our hardware in the Icelandic exitnode cluster (SATA RAID controller, to be specific). We're fairly obsessive about keeping such underlying tidbits current with all posted product...