Freenet and OnionCat

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by mirimir, Oct 8, 2016.

  1. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    It may be old news, and Freenet peers connect well enough via OnionCat: https://bluishcoder.co.nz/2016/08/18/using-freenet-over-tor.html

    I've been taking a somewhat different approach. I'm also using OnionCat, but I focused first on anonymously reaching peers via the open Internet. I have a node that hits the Internet through an "anonymous" VPS proxy. The node reaches the proxy via IPv6 OpenVPN via OnionCat. The node binds locally only to tun1, and in the proxy, tun1 forwards to eth0.

    Anyone interested in playing? Contact me via PM or email, if you like.
     
  2. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    OK, so I now have a how-to guide for using Freenet anonymously via Tor, with full opennet connectivity. It's at http://dbshmc5frbchaum2.onion/Freenet-OnionCat.html (or ...onion.cab/... if you're not using Tor browser). Basically, the Freenet node is a VM with no public IP address, as suggested by Chris Double in his blog: https://bluishcoder.co.nz/2016/08/18/using-freenet-over-tor.html But it can reach opennet peers through a clearnet proxy VPS, linked via Tor/OnionCat. It can also reach peers directly at OnionCat IPv6 addresses.
     
  3. DesuMaiden

    DesuMaiden Registered Member

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    Using Freenet via your isp-assigned ip address is pretty dumb because who knows what kind of illegal stuff you might be downloading onto your harddrive unintentionally just by being connected tp Freenet. In fact, I've recently read about an article about how the police were able to trace the ip addresses of people using Freenet, by simply running their own cop-controlled nodes on Freenet.

    Connecting to Freenet via Tor would definitely make using Freenet much more anonymous and safer.
     
  4. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Yes, see https://freenetproject.org/news.html#news for the Freenet Project's response. In my opinion, they're being irresponsible to depend so much on plausible deniability.
    My thought, exactly! And the cool thing is that it actually works :)