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by Pattern_Juggled
Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:01 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: mullvad.net
Replies: 18
Views: 26935

Re: mullvad.net

No server key is distributed with the configuration package. The only key present (mullvad.key) is the private key for the client certificate (mullvad.crt). The client certificate is not included in the certificate authority file (ca.crt), as you claim it is. Here is the contents of the file "...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: mullvad.net
Replies: 18
Views: 26935

Re: mullvad.net

Ok this is really tragic. That's the only word I have. I glanced at these last nite, when they were posted. Something was, right away, not right... but I was trying not to really look at this until later this week. However, it kept nagging at me and finally I came back to look more closely. Tragic. ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: DeepDNS.net - cryptostorm's no-compromise DNS resolver framework
Topic: DNS weirdness study guide & mega-thread aka Cthulu
Replies: 11
Views: 25683

in-house resolvers

One thing that was not mentioned, that I think is pretty important, is peace of mind. I know this is not the usual type of technical discussion that is seen around the forums, but knowing that the DNS servers we're querying belong to and are run by CS provides users with peace of mind. I trust thes...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: cryptofree: no-cost cryptostorm network access
Topic: cryptofree conf's - alpha 1.4 for linux
Replies: 20
Views: 41245

just a bit of chaos

Scanning back through this thread, two things become apparent. A highly parsimonious explanation for the confusion about the caps, and the sense that the capping is "off," is this: we've done a poor job of distinguishing between bits - little "b" - and Bytes - bit "B." ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: DeepDNS.net - cryptostorm's no-compromise DNS resolver framework
Topic: DNS weirdness study guide & mega-thread aka Cthulu
Replies: 11
Views: 25683

The Dark One

Cthulu... Dark God Of DNS Weirdness!
cthulhu_by_zaidoigres-d34i3u8.jpg


Right, this is where we'll hash out the stuff that's been going on behind the scenes wrt some... interesting findings in the area of DNS resolution.

Cheers,

    ~ pj
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: protocol obfuscation: Dust, mangle, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 19766

Re: protocol obfuscation: Dust, mangle, etc.

Bumping & pinning this thread, as it's a dev priority that's now becoming tangible and, as such, a good place to work out the approach we're going to take. Also, I have this dream of using --mangle at the NIC to do amazing things with subtle attack surfaces presented by the as-implemented detail...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: #cleanVPN ∴ encouraging transparency & clean code in network privacy service
Topic: NordVPN: fake "server status" page
Replies: 10
Views: 35470

Re: NordVPN: fake "server status" page

What's amazing is how quickly all the "VPN review" sites notice when fraud like this is taking place, and immediately remove fraudsters from their recommendations.

Oh wait... that's not what happens. Sorry, was thinking of another universe.

Cheers,

    ~ pj
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:12 am
Forum: #cleanVPN ∴ encouraging transparency & clean code in network privacy service
Topic: NordVPN: fake "server status" page
Replies: 10
Views: 35470

Re: NordVPN: fake "server status" page

Screenshot:
NordStats.png


"The World's Most Advanced VPN" claim:
NordVPNadvanced.png
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:20 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: Portuguese cluster - teething pains [RESOLVED]
Replies: 49
Views: 68418

HAF and topology and whatnot

Hi tc, I saw your note on twitter & wanted to reply in very short form, though I'm sure others will be contributing as well. - When testing the new widget I've found that the Portugal node was up and running, but I really think that he (or is it she?) is not in full production and I will explain...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Bitmask VPN
Replies: 3
Views: 8655

HMAC

auth The --auth option determines what hashing digest is used to to authenticate each packet of traffic using HMAC. We have chosen to keep the SHA1 the default digest rather than go with SHA256. If an attacker can break a SHA1 HMAC on each packet in real time, you have bigger problems than your VPN...
by Pattern_Juggled
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Bitmask VPN
Replies: 3
Views: 8655

AES

We have chosen AES-128 because there are known weaknesses with the AES-192 and AES-256 key schedules. There is no known weakness to brute force attacks against full 14 round AES-256, but weakness of AES-256 using other round counts is sufficient to recommend AES-128 over AES-256 generally. For more...
by Pattern_Juggled
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: cryptofree: no-cost cryptostorm network access
Topic: cryptofree.me howto Android | cryptofree.me/cfandroid
Replies: 13
Views: 30599

linux-cryptofree.cryptostorm.net HAF entry = win

It wouldn't connect for me so I changed the server address to {redacted } Acting as the neighbourhood curmudgeon, I do my duty by warning that direct IP-based connections to individual node instances are brittle, in that any problems with that particular instance will result in a hard-fail for the ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:09 pm
Forum: cryptostorm reborn: voodoo networking, stormtokens, PostVPN exotic netsecurity
Topic: #tunception - tunnelled tunnels, &c.
Replies: 2
Views: 16270

#tunception - tunnelled tunnels, &c.

{direct link: tunception.cryptostorm.org}

Tunception: tunnelling cryptostorm tunnels thru other cryptostorm tunnels, and so on recursively. It's a thing...


tunception.jpg

Let's discuss.

Cheers,

    ~ pj
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:14 am
Forum: independent cryptostorm token resellers, & tokens 101
Topic: distributing tokens via the blockchain?
Replies: 2
Views: 14967

distributing tokens via the blockchain?

So, what I am wondering is if it might be possible to use this slightly differently (the other way round)... Would it be possible for you to have a public bitcoin address "pay point" which anybody wanting to use the service could send any amount of coin to they wanted (down to a set minim...
by Pattern_Juggled
Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: cryptofree: no-cost cryptostorm network access
Topic: cryptofree: what + why + how :-)
Replies: 1
Views: 23185

cryptofree: what + why + how :-)

{direct link: https://cryptostorm.org/cryptofree/} For a couple years, we've been poking at the idea of providing some sort of "cryptostorm lite" version of the service that is no-cost but otherwise identical in security and privacy protection to full-bore cryptostorm service. Until recen...
by Pattern_Juggled
Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: how is cryptostorm different?
Replies: 3
Views: 7730

how is cryptostorm different?

{direct link: different.cryptostorm.org } We're often asked what makes us different from the me-too "VPN services" that litter the internet landscape nowadays. It's a fair question, but one we rarely (as a team) take time to address... because, frankly, we don't see ourselves as a "V...
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: 22745

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: 34951

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: 68418

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: 6662

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
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: privacy seppuku: data, tasks, brainstorming
Topic: Bootstrapped Privacy Services: The One True Path (basically)
Replies: 3
Views: 20459

pre-alpha...

Note: the above essay is, itself, sorta pre-alpha: not really proofed yet, links to add, etc. Apologies for that - other tasks call, and I'll look back to clean up. Also I hope folks will add their own critiques, edits, and other improvements... which seems appropriate, eh?

Cheers.

~ pj
by Pattern_Juggled
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: privacy seppuku: data, tasks, brainstorming
Topic: Bootstrapped Privacy Services: The One True Path (basically)
Replies: 3
Views: 20459

Bootstrapped Privacy Services: The One True Path (basically)

{direct link: cryptostorm.org/bootstrap} This short essay tackles a group of big questions, important questions for those of us in the privacy services industry. That's what we call it, anyway: privacy services. Everyone knows what we're talking about, although of course there's grey (and not so gr...
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: 10737

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: 13297

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: 26807

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: 12
Views: 55739

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: 24806

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 b...
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: 68418

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
Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:49 am
Forum: cryptofree: no-cost cryptostorm network access
Topic: cryptofree.me: pre-launch brainstorming & roadmap | CLOSED
Replies: 33
Views: 62745

Re: cryptofree.me - alpha announcement

Which is why 64Kb/s sounds way to low. 8KB/s is unusable in this day and age. :) Oh, agreed! So if we synchronise on small-b bit metrics, what's the consensus on a good cap? (the tools we're currently testing are more comfortable with a hard cap on per-session capacity, versus the sort of sliding-s...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:27 am
Forum: stormlink - cryptostorm's secure "entry node" gateway [cryptostorm.org/stormlink]
Topic: stormlink: the "cryptostorm router" thread...
Replies: 17
Views: 104003

Re: stormlink: the "cryptostorm router" thread...

All in all, for this to be taken seriously, and not just as a product pushed onto the market, one would be wise to cover the fundamental networking topologies (don't worry, just trying to sound smart). We all know what they are... 1) Wired ... 2) Wireless It's quite possible I'm being obtuse here, ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:42 am
Forum: cryptofree: no-cost cryptostorm network access
Topic: cryptofree.me: pre-launch brainstorming & roadmap | CLOSED
Replies: 33
Views: 62745

clarification request

Just to clarify (and to help keep clear): the cap levels being discussed above, are we talking small-b bit or big-B bytes? (internally, we try to standardise on b v. B to ensure we don't get these switched during discussions - it's happened, more than once, in the past) I tend to think in small-b in...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:36 am
Forum: cryptofree: no-cost cryptostorm network access
Topic: cryptofree.me: pre-launch brainstorming & roadmap | CLOSED
Replies: 33
Views: 62745

de-Xenning

@I remember reading one of the earlier posts on the forum wher the team described a Xen-based SDN setup. Obviously it was scrapped: was security the main reason? With SDN as it currently exists, security is always an issue - the recent Xen memory-hopping vuln is an example of that. However, with in...
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: 6774

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: 21305

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: 6774

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: 21305

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: 21305

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 ins...
by Pattern_Juggled
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:13 am
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Weird incoming connections (Fenrir)
Replies: 14
Views: 14818

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 7:46 am
Forum: cryptofree: no-cost cryptostorm network access
Topic: cryptofree.me: pre-launch brainstorming & roadmap | CLOSED
Replies: 33
Views: 62745

Re: cryptofree.me - server-side & SDN considerations

As far as I am aware, the widget invokes the OpenVPN binary anyway, so in order to rate limit via the widget, some kind of rate limiting parameter would have to be passed to the OpenVPN executable. Not only that, but changing the bandwidth value would be much quicker and easier handled server side,...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:44 am
Forum: independent cryptostorm token resellers, & tokens 101
Topic: Reseller?
Replies: 7
Views: 19192

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: 34
Views: 46769

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: 34
Views: 46769

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 3:52 am
Forum: cryptofree: no-cost cryptostorm network access
Topic: cryptofree.me: pre-launch brainstorming & roadmap | CLOSED
Replies: 33
Views: 62745

Re: cryptofree.me - alpha announcement

There's been some discussions about whether to rate-limit server-side, via instance architecture, or client-side via tweaked widget setup. I'd say this is an open question at this point, and that various team contributors have divergent opinions on the right way to do it. The feedback so far in this...
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: 24678

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: 15515

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: 129915

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: 129915

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: 34
Views: 46769

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...
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: 29153

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 interpolati...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Activist support & frontline realities
Replies: 3
Views: 4415

Re: Activist support & frontline realities

vpnDarknet wrote:Great work, & thanks for creating the tools and community :clap:


No, no... thank you! :thumbup:

BdVcewpIAAEXoFk.jpg
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Activist support & frontline realities
Replies: 3
Views: 4415

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 ...
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: 35128

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: 94405

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: 10737

Re: performance-tuning high-capacity cryptostorm sessions

I'll just go ahead and leave this here...
righteous.png


...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: 5496

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: 19679

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 m...
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: 94405

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: 94405

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: 94405

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: 98076

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 t...
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: 98076

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: 5332

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 ...
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: 94405

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 ...
by Pattern_Juggled
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: widget connection - slow connection - debugging
Replies: 8
Views: 6768

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: 6768

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: 45496

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: 6862

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 proble...
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: 6404

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 co...
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: 5332

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 "promote...
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: 6862

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: 3348

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...
by Pattern_Juggled
Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: independent cryptostorm token resellers, & tokens 101
Topic: sos.ph - independent network token reseller
Replies: 19
Views: 31915

Re: sos.ph - independent network token reseller

Just bought one myself... waiting for the "6pm - 12 am Central" time zone to arrive... lmao One thing to keep in mind is that we encourage all token resellers to distribute tokens with either a manual process, or an automated process that is formally designed to ensure decoupling of data ...
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: 9
Views: 25294

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'...

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