Theres a further part in the affidavit:
> According to a screenshoot that Capital One provided, and that I have reviewed, on or about June 27, 2019, the user "Paige*****" posted, "I've also got a leak proof IPredator router setup if anyone nneds [sic] it," as well as a GitHub link that included "paigea*****thompson" in the link.
So also posted dumps of router setups to GitHub under her real name OF THE VPN SHE WAS TRYING TO HIDE BEHIND.
Can we have an award for worst hacker of the ~~year~~ decade?
It's an exit node for IPredator as far as I can tell, so an exit node for a VPN provider, which makes sense considering the state of law enforcment in Libera and the idea behind a good VPN. So I guess they offer a tor exit node aswell as VPN servers for their users.
It also shows you this when you go over it with your mouse.
Mining is for specialists nowadays. If you just want to use bitcoins, you can buy some using your local currency at an exchange (ex: Mt. Gox) and use them to pay for services such as IPredator.
Edit: here are some bitcoins for you to get started: +/u/bitcointip @GregariousJB $1 verify
Also beware that TOR is not so safe anymore (expect "traitor" nodes). For example, I see exit nodes on APPLIEDOPS network way too often (there is less than 2% of them among all other exit nodes). That could be just "statistical hiccup", but seems suspicious.
You might consider other anonymization tool, e.g. IPredator. There will be probably other VPN-based or other free services.
Njalla only needs your email or an jabber address in order to register a domain name for you. Created by people from The Pirate Bay and IPredator VPN. Accepted Payments: Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, DASH, Bitcoin Cash and PayPal. A privacy-aware domain registration service.
They knew damn well what IPredator was all about the minute they started accepting money for them - paypal just waited until they had a decent amount in the account before they swooped in to steal it
fuck paypal man, bunch of amoral vultures
I noticed that they brag about being connected to IPredator, so went digging and found this tidbit in their FAQ:
> Mr. BOFH does not care how much bandwidth each user consumes, as long as it is used for a valid application in the interest of society and does not violate basic human rights. Child porn or spreading of right-wing demagogic materials come to mind. SYN-floods and similar are also disliked.
This raises more than a few red flags for me. What exactly is the relation to IPredator and what exactly are the terms of service for this new registrar middleman? It seems like the far right are their most likely legally-acting customer base right now, but can they really trust these guys? Or is this just a service for hosting pirating websites?
This company (IPredator) is clearly trash. Few things I noted.
They don't create a randomly generated username for customer accounts so some less tech-savy customers will re-use internet usernames making them more traceable.
They say they'll terminate accounts if you use their bandwidth nefariously meaning they do log bandwidth use and possibly what you're doing with said bandwidth (P2P use, Email possibly)
They say they'll terminate your account if you post things on the internet that go against their political stance.
So obviously based on these three things, the last two especially they're just a really shit VPN company. I would not use them.
> How likely is it that those are all operated by feds
One of the top nodes is run by IPredator, another is run by the Swiss Privacy Foundation and people in the Tor Project try to have social connections with top node operators. So they aren't all operated by government agencies, at worst only most of them are.
I would seriously consider a seedbox such as this gentleman
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I think he means using services like IPredator. Another way to go is to join a private tracker, where only paying members and/or invitees may join the network, and moderators work to keep spies disconnected.
EDIT: not that I would, that's totally a bad thing to do. I only know about torrenting because i wanted to download some NIN.
It would be a really aggressive move to ban VPNs. Their widely used by businesses as much as privacy activists. Not sure how their going to get companies to be okay with unsecured communications.
In anycase, the graduated response is going to be hitting us soon, so if you don't want to get hit then you really should get a VPN now.
I'm actually with IPredator, who only cost € 15 for 3 months. I do prefer just using a VPN to using Tor. Its just alot faster. Just keep in mind that, VPNs can still end up giving up your information, so don't think of it as a complete solution. Just something that makes it harder for your ISP and government to track and profile you.
Actually it's better to use public service, given that it's decent enough (and IPredator is). Reason for that - your vps will only get that much IP's, and you're always connected to this one and your internet activity only comes from this one. And typically only one person uses it. VPS busted, you're busted.
Public service, on the other hand, is used by dozens of people all the time and at least with IPredator you get dynamic ip from pretty big pool.
Posted this in a comment (it's the formal complaint):
It's a really cool read in how she was caught. (Hint - it wasn't hard to find evidence...)
If you have some procrastination to do, dive in the rabbit hole of Paige Thompson. She left a huge trail of data and accounts. Start with her github account and just nose around in her gists etc... Some IPredator routing table (IPredator VPN was used to access the buckets) some ethereum private network config files she was messing baout with, some chatlogs. Not sure why she put all this online, but I read somewhere she was "the oversharing type". Well that does seem to be the case. Not gonna link anything directly, because I am sure that's against the rules, but the public/official data is enough to get you going.
Hurry while it's up! Can't imagine it staying online too long.
Another public DNS is available from the guys as well. Forgot what page on their site they had it under though. They also run some tor nodes. They're one of my favorite VPN services. The staff is very welcoming on their IRC server too.
I would recommend you checkout IPredator. They support OpenVpn and have guids for every OS on how to connect(Although last time I checkd the linux guides were a bit outdated). If you really want to hide your identity you can pay in bitcoin and they offer 3 day trail. Connectivity wise it seems also to be okay. I've been using the service for a couple of months and I think it was only down once. Although I don't use the vPN everyday so I can't say for sure. Only downside is that if you want to watch netflix, they recognize if you are connected through IPredator and then won't let you watch.
I have a usenet account too, but I have no problem seeding torrents as well? Why not give back to the community? Not everyone can afford usenet and I have no problem sharing some bandwidth with them.
Further, I am not saying this is an issue worth complaining about to a board, its just funny is all.
First rule about usenet... You don't talk about usenet? I guess?
In other news, I do use a VPN pipe IPredator, so I am not too worried about the public thing.
Jag hoppas den är bra, jag såg den för 12 år sen och kommer ihåg den som helt suverän, har försökt hitta den på nätet några gånger sen dess men den har varit helt omöjlig att få tag på. Tyvärr så kan jag inte se den nu heller eftersom jag bor i London (och min ISP har blockat IPredator som jag tidigare använt för att se svensk tv)...
I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream (Steam Game)
Immortal Technique - Surveillance EP (Music)
Hacker Evolution Duality (Steam game)
Shadows of Liberty (Film)
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Beat premium $10.16
Schneier On Security (eBook)
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That Amazon account is tied to your identity, and I have a feeling Amazon would respond to requests by any federal agency without hesitation. I feel that a VPN service like IPredator would be a bit better, as you are behind an entity which claims to not have the capabilities to fulfill such requests.
The DO log and they do not even state what they log.
"IPredator does not store any subscription information about you except what you entered when signing up for the service. We minimize the use of logs within our systems and only grant access to them to a selected number of staff for debugging when service quality is an issue."
I think the iPredator guys can be trusted, but always do you research.
ahh yes, it was pretty bad. Moxie even pointed to ipredator as an example..
but that was like a million internet years ago. IPredator now offers OpenVPN tunnels now.
tbh, i'm not really promoting ipredator or anything. Just happened to come across it and it's nice to see more than PrivateInternetAccess accepting btc.
(yea. nw. i got it)
Reading this it sounds like Vodafone are only doing this for the music corps. I don't download any music, just video, although they might view all bittorrent file sharing the same.
My router is protected and I didn't receive any letter from them. I'll have a look at IPredator or a VPN. Cheers!
Do you download copyrighted material? Or perhaps go over the download limit regularly? Did they actually write to you before this happened? Do you use a wireless modem that other people have access to?
There is any number of possible reasons. Bittorrent use, on its own, is not generally a problem. Copyright infringement can be though. If that's the case, I'd recommend a VPN or some sort of proxy (once you get your connection sorted, i'd recommend UPC if its an option). IPredator is very good, and it's run by the guys at the pirate bay.
I started using ipredator more as a "spit in your eye" gesture to Comcast. Of all the VPNs I researched, it was the only one that Comcast actively blocked by failing DNS queries (winner!!). They are about as free speech extreme as you can get. You can use bitcoin to pay and they suggest making up identities when you register. They offer 50% off if you use crypto.
They founded the European Pirate Political Party from surveillance. They are also rumored to be the datacenter that houses TPB.
Last I researched all this was a while ago, so things may have changed... but it is a fun history to research.
> Thanks, do you know of any good FREE vpn's out there.
I use IPredator (3.50/mo), more for political stance than anything else.
I've seem people recommend SigaVPN (free / donation based), but I've never used it.
Exits can exist anywhere. If a mesh has access to an IXP, they get a direct connection into the Internet. Otherwise, you can exit traffic from pretty much anywhere, you can even tunnel it out of a VPN like IPredator.
I figure that they may selectively start throttling access to certain VPN providers (PrivateInternetAccess, IPredator, etc), or outright drop requests to go to them. They only need to discover popular services that users would use, and hinder access to them. Hell, I wouldn't put it beyond me for them to start blacklisting certain websites (TorrentFreak, EFF, etc) in an effort to make discovering these services more difficult.
By snafu on March 4, 2016 6:46 PM
there were some DNS issues today because the DNS load balancer failed in a spectacular (and unanticipated) way which caused the domains serving the VPN to expire. It took us some time to debug the issue and roll back the git and redeploy all affected zones. All DNS servers should be back and operational again. If you are still having issues try to clear your DNS cache.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this might has caused.
The IPredator team
I have used IPredator for the past few years, ever since getting banned on a university's wifi for torrenting. It's very easy to configure in windows using their native Vpn tool (used in w7 and w8) and I've never had an issue with speeds.
I use IPredator(paid VPN) and haven't had any problems with Runescape when I've forgotten to turn it off by accident. I always worry about Jagex wondering if I keep flying back and forth from Switzerland though...
No, flattr is not down and it wasn't so much the TBP guys who did it but brokep aka Peter Sunde. If I was him I wouldn't want to continue working with the rest, either. IPredator is also still up, also a brainchild of his.
Buy a VPN connection. IPredator is good. Run all your traffic over it. See if speeds improve.
If they do, your ISP is throttling torrents. Keep the VPN.
If not, your ISP is having trouble which you can diagnose further with them.
It's actually a lot more easy than I thought. Here's the VPN setup guide from IPredator
Someone posted above: "The Swedish government can legally warrantlessly wiretap all phone and internet traffic that crosses the border to Sweden". So using IPredator is a bad idea.
Tip; Swiss or Russian VPN. ;)
I think this article can explain it better than I possibly could:
Take special note that IPredator is affiliated with the pirate bay so you can trust that they won't be coughing up your info not the least because they are located in Sweden, well out of the jurisdiction of US and (now) Canadian copyright trolls.
IPredator is more like $7.50/month paid in 3 month increments. I've never used a Seedbox, and I have been using IPredator for about 2 years now. The only time I have ever been 'busted' by my ISP is when I downloaded Resident Evil Zero for gamecube without using my VPN login. I assumed I was safe because I had NEVER been busted for software before. I guess with the new RE Movie out they were watching all RE seeds more closely.
blackvpn is great and supposedly doesn't keep logs but don't use their UK server. Speeds are as fast as my ISP (edit: which is 12MBit down). I tried StrongVPN but my connections weren't as reliable and my bandwidth suffered. I've heard good things about IPredator but have never checked them out. Hotspot Shield is free but I believe it comes with adware and your bandwidth is throttled. I just remember it being a hassle to use.
I torrent on rare occasions, though I would imagine my bandwidth is through the roof considering I watch Netflix constantly. I suppose I can just disable OpenVPN when I stream netflix, etc.
I guess I'll try OpenVPN's service, but I've recently found a VPN called IPredator, which is located in Sweden. It's about $23 for 3 months, so I find that a pretty good deal. Anyways thank you for your detailed response! I'll go ahead and try OpenVPN.
edit: The only thing that turns me off about PrivateTunnel is that they log your websites.
Ipredator does not keep logs for more than 24 hours, so even if a US court could somehow get into their Scandinavian based ex-nuclear bomb shelter to access the servers, they better be looking for something from that day.
For the really paranoid, you could even use another company like VyprVPN to tunnel to IPredator with, and do it all from a virtual machine based on a cloud server in Iran or Russia, that you tunnel to with another VPN from another virtual machine.
Or so I hear from my friend Boxxy.
Nobody's ever been sued for downloading from usenet or getting their files through a filehosting site. They can only prove you're a pirate if you're using traditional p2p where they can easily identify your IP addy. So it's not true that there's no sure fire way to not get caught.
Hell, even using a torrent proxy like piratebay's IPredator with regular p2p works.
i used to use tormail and torbox, i dont know if either of those are still around. it doesnt really matter which service you use as long as you and the other person are pgp'ing everything anyway.
so ive read a lot about this, and apparently using a vpn doesnt really help you any more than just using tor itself. I was on tails on a network that wasn't connected to me anyway, so i didnt use one personally. right now i use IPredator though. pretty fast.
never read it
Is it only on request? Doesn't seem to be listed on that page. IPredator is one of the good VPNs but they never get as much coverage as the more commercial ones. I hope Monero community finds them and vice versa.
Typically the feds and lawyers go after uploaders and hosts of content. As long as it was just pirated video games you viewed and downloaded, I wouldn't worry. Your Internet Service Provider is the one who cares more about what you do on their network. Your ISP didn't see that, but rather the VPN did. Next time, use a secure VPN that does not hold logs (aren't free to use, but cheap), Mullvad or (The Pirate Bay's own) IPredator.
I ran OpenBSD for a little while, but wasn't seeing anywhere near the performance or concurrent connections I had with other Linux distros.
I tried HardenedBSD too, but didn't feel that OS was receiving the love it needed.
And I'm on FreeBSD now, but I feel that the packages aren't updated anywhere near what they should be. I'm probably doing something wrong, but my relay has had the 'not recommended' flag for over a month. I bet IPredator compiles from source.
I'm a big fan of IPredator, they don't have a kill switch, so you have to install it yourself through iptables or WFW. $3.50/mo if you use bitcoin.
My affection to it is more associated with their politics than anything else, but the service still seems pretty solid.
Not sure to what degree of OpSec that you're looking for here, so I'm going for a blanket approach:
Step 1) Make sure that your computer is clean (e.g. no hijacked security certificates or parent-malware) or if that's not an option, use a Live CD (or USB) Linux distribution. Even the Ubuntu Desktop ISO comes pre-loaded as a means of testing out features before installing, and serves as the basis of a "throw-away" system (I modified the ISO with "Cubic" so that I get some extra features) when I need to inspect/diagnose something, and I run it without a hard drive.
Step 2) Get a VPN account. IPredator works well.
Step 3) If your primary system is clean and you don't want to dual-boot into a LiveCD like I mentioned, then you could run a secondary system in VirtualBox. When finished, revert the Virtual Machine to a snapshot (e.g. fresh install, recent system updates, etc.)
Yes, that would obscure your traffic from bad exits sniffing traffic. Exit has no idea who you are though, beyond the content of any clear text traffic.
A much huger and more real threat is connecting DIRECTLY to a VPN. Doesn't matter how you buy it, they have your real IP now and you're fucked. PIA logs, almost all VPNs log. I would trust maybe IPredator, maybe Mullvad, everyone else... good luck wih that.
Getting your cleartext sniffed by a bad exit is rare, and reveals nothing about who you are.
Connecting directly to a VPN service = facefucked, and whatever you do after is irrelevant.
Tor should always be your first hop. Always.
Point of order: Don't use TOR as your only protection. TOR is pretty much owned by FBI now (in the sense that the FBI has compromised some massive proportion of all TOR entry and exit nodes). Using TOR as the outer layer of a double-VPN solution is fine, or to get around firewalls and such, but for the love of KEK use a real VPN. I recommend NORD - not based in USA, cheap, fast, effective. I'm not being paid by NORD, but I used to use and they got real shitty real fast.
Wenn Du nur am germanischen ISP vorbeisurfen willst kannst Du einfach IPredator fuer c.a. 6 EUR/Monat buchen. Die Leute sollen good guys sein. Keine Ahnung, keine direkten persoenlichen Kontakte dorthin.
Ich habe einen Gratis-Monat bei IPredator, möchte den gerne ausprobieren. Wenn ich surfe, zeigt mir die IP Adresse ob ich woanders bin, aber habe ich Angst um was zu torrenten. Ist das wirklich in Deutschland so streng dass die ISPs P-2-P Traffic verfolgen und man kaum totrrenten kann?
> the highest performing exit nodes are likely placed by various agencies
Indicate which ones, give us some fingerprints or relay names. I'm assuming that you've actually looked at the top exits to reach this conclusion, and have reasons to believe that TorLand, Hart voor Internetvrijheid, Nos Oignons, Privacy Republic, IPredator, the Swiss Privacy Foundation and TorServers are nefarious agencies.
What they said.... VPNs are $5 to $10 / mo. Think of it like this.
Comcast: Welcome to comcast may I help you?
You: I want internet.
Comcast: Would you like that with our without privacy?
You: With please
Comcast: That will be five dollars extra.
In actuality you don't buy your VPN from comcast, I would use IPredator or one of the other many VPNs available. This is convenient because you may get your internet from your Apartment / Parents / Hotel and don't have the ability to renegotiate terms. VPN just installs on top of your Internet service like tor. So goes like this.
> Maybe what you meant to say is that number 2 is safer from being sued and found out who he is but he is not any safer from getting DMCA notices.
hypothetically speaking, one could sign up via an anonymous VPN such as IPredator and use bitcoin for payment. Then one could connect to said seedbox via the anonymous VPN to pull files. That way the even the seedbox hosting company has no idea who you are or where you're connecting from; therefore, Number 2 would never get a letter - at most the seedbox may cancel the account. If that happens, one could open a new account with the same methods and it would look like just another customer.
Is anyone using their service? How is it for torrenting?
Also, can I pick which server I am connected to? Iceland server with no bandwidth limits and reasonable speed torrenting (I have 120 mbps at home and like it that way).. might be even better than my current IPredator
Check the IPredator link catblow posted. It helped me A LOT.
~~And you shouldn't bind/block programs to/from certain IPs unless you can be sure it will never change. Many ISPs only offer dynamic IPs (Your IP might not change regularly, but if it does your firewall is useless.).~~ Didn't read the comment properly. Sorry.
Well, you wouldn't get caught by your IP, depending on what you were doing and how careful you were you might leave other traces. Btw, the name is actually IPredator, not iPredator, so focus on the "IP" part of the name :P
By all means, Here is a article worth reading. I have used a few different VPNs over the years and with the exception of IPredator, never noticed a drop in speed
PaySon told IPredator that the credit card companies told them to change their TOS:
I live in the US, and use IPredator, which is based in sweeden, for downloading torrents (1 - 2 MB/ second). I accidently left the VPN on while opening netflix and there was a ton of shows that are not on the american version of netflix.
Unless you get an account with a VPN you're pretty much naked. Consider getting a prepaid CC.
(My personal favorites are FreedomIP
I know this is an old thread but rather than create a new one....
Anyway, my question is about OpenVPN vs PPTP. I know that PPTP is not secure, but so many VPN providers offer it, and it seems like it's the only option available. For instance, my VPN is IPredator, and they offer PPTP, but then they say that setting up using OpenVPN is preferred since it's more secure.
However, my understanding is that OpenVPN is just a means to an end as far as setting up a VPN, so how does using OpenVPN make it more secure? Does OpenVPN use IPSec by default?
I hope that's a joke. Andrew's VPN service is based in the US and, as a US Company performing the role of ISP in the US, must log your data and turn it over to the US Government on demand.
Use one of the better products like IPredator or
The people of /r/topgear don't plan on doing anything shady like you and your illegal activities, like me, we use it to watch BBC iPlayer, 4oD (Derek) and others.
Because HMA VPN doesn't protect a hacker, your belief is "If you use a VPN to watch iPlayer, you must do other illegal things" just makes you sound like a fucking idiot.
Go back to your script kiddie forums and IPredator VPNs.
If I'd want to download Torrents on a regular basis, i would:
A: use a VPN service like IPredator, which is a quite secure VPN client from the creators of the pirate bay.
Cost: 6€ or 8$ a month.
B: use a service like real debrid.
Cost: 4€ a Month or 16€ for half a year.
But if you can spare the money and like the product, don't forget to pay/donate anyway :)
Weird man. I've gotten GoT or Shameless like 20 minutes after it aired, or maybe a couple of days later. No fails.
If I do have a problem, I'll hitup XDCC/IRC.
I even paid for ipredator but the torrent speeds are slower than 56k so I might abandon it.
Maybe if you could find a fast bittorrent VPN you might want to invest in it. IPredator was like $20 for 3 months (cheaper than usenet) but I don't think I have it setup properly. I'm talking like 8kb/sec downloads. Customer support got back to me but I have yet to run the tests they asked for the determine what's wrong. I'm using Viscosity client. Might switch to OpenVPN to see if that helps.
Also, I'm always right.
P.S.: I use the Swedish VPN provider IPredator, they are the same guys that did The Pirate Bay*
^*this is not actually true, but the Venn diagram of the people at TPB and IPredator has a non-empty intersection
I use IPredator. It's about $22 every 3 months, but it's worth it if you download a lot considering they don't throttle.