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How to publish a website anonymously

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by KyndFellow, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. KyndFellow

    KyndFellow Newbie

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    I want to open discussion on how to publish a website while concealing your identity, with greater sophistication than the "domain privacy" service offered by domain registers. I have a website with some controversial content, and after a few years people can actually find my home address by doing a web search for the name of the site in Google. I want to start a new website, and remain completely anonymous, even from governments or hardcore investigators. Does anyone have any advice on how to publish a website anonymously?
     
  2. blackhatcodex

    blackhatcodex BANNED BANNED

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    It's virtually impossible. All domains are governed by ICANN and per their policies, they wil divulged any domain owners information at the request of any governmental body. You could always place "false" information in your domain info, but then that would be against ICANN policy and they would immediately close your domain.

    In regards to hiding info from non authoritative identities...do the following:

    1. purchase a private server (you will want a personal IP and not one that is used within a cluster)

    2. Privatize the IP that is used on the server

    3. Privatize the domain

    4. Any content. images, usernames...etc must be fully unique from any other information you have used prior.

    5. Spin any content that you write and only use the spun content. This is because any investigator can easily pin your writing style.

    Beyond this, there is no way for anyone to know who you are...unless you take payments...and then that's a different story.
     
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  3. WizIMS

    WizIMS Power Member

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    Well you can't hide your identity from everyone, but the best you can do is to get an offshore domain register, and an offshore hosting.
    This should keep you away from troubles :)
     
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  4. sgmoney

    sgmoney Junior Member

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    1. Offshore domain registrar (if you need one let me know)
    They will hold your domain in trust and conceal whatever information you provide.
    2. Pay via Anon payment (like libertyreserve)
    3. Get offshore hosting which accepts bitcoin/LR
    4. Look for a host which accepts anon payment as well. (Just be sure to back up your data)
    5. Make sure you connect through Tor/VPN which doesn't log.

    You should be pretty safe.

    I'm curious what site you're planning though.
     
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  5. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I don't think it'll be possible to stay completely anonymous if you're running a site on shared hosting/vps/dedi, or with a tld. You'd have to pay for either, meaning there is some link back to you, if the authorities wanted to. There may be a way around this if you can buy a Paypal account from someone.

    However, if you're not bothered about your site's professionalism, you could just use free hosting (no payments = no link back to you) and a free domain.
     
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    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    @dcuthbert:

    Bitcoin is an anonymous distributed payments system...
     
  8. ExecutiveCloser

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  9. teapear

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    is it something very illegal you want to make ts?

    like meth online store or kids porn. (i'll still consider if its about meth, but if its about kids it is a big NO NO)
     
  10. KyndFellow

    KyndFellow Newbie

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    The actual content of my site is beside the point, because we should have the freedom to share our ideas while remaining private. We should never need to compromise our personal safety when we want write what we really want to say.

    Thank you for all the very intelligent and well thought-out advice. it looks like I need to investigate TOR, Bitcoin, and Offshore website publishing services.

    I have read about TOR previously in the latest issue of Popular Science. They said it began as a program used by the CIA and then leaked to other spy groups, and later to the public. It seems like TOR is useful for masking IP, and the location of the internet publisher on blogs and forums. But this would not pertain to domains and servers.
     
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  11. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Amen to that.
     
  12. Stalli0n

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    Of course it is possible... and not that hard

    You just need to:
    1. Pay anonymously
    2. Use a VPN/Proxy whenever you do something related to the website
    and ofc 3. Don't use any of your private information with the website and register everything under a false name.

    Don't listen to these people saying its impossible... :rolleyes:
     
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    1. Register a Liberty Reserve Account
    2. Fund it using Ukash, Paysafecard, or any prepaid card like that, using an exchanger
    3. Pay a VPN using liberty reserve, pay an hosting and domain using liberty reserve.
    4. Click on -Thanks-
     
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  14. KyndFellow

    KyndFellow Newbie

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    This seems like the simplest solution. I want to use services that I'm familiar with if possible. So let me ask about each step in this process:

    1) Would privacy be protected by paying for hosting and domain registration with a pre-paid credit card from Western Union?

    2) I know how to temperately set IP to a proxy address on browsers. The term Virtual Private Network sounds appealing. But I don't know how to do this. Can you suggest some example networks, and how to use them. Can you direct us to more info on this. I read the explanation of VPN on Wikipedia. But it seems very confusing and complicated.

    3) Could I use a "pen name" and P.O. Box address to register the domain on Godaddy. If so, would I need to use a pen name and P.O Box for the hosting account too or not?
     
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  15. BananaCat

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    If you had access to some web servers that weren't technically yours, you could use them and an anonymized or free domain (tk TLDs for example), signed up for through Tor or a Proxy, then have it hosted on their other server.

    The problem with this is you'd need to have redundant copies of the site in multiple locations in case you're caught on the server, which leads to problems of setting up round robin DNS, plus setting up your databases to sync with each other (if you use one.)

    Plus, once you're discovered, the other people would have a copy of your site and database; far from an ideal solution.

    The best bet, though, is to just stay away from hard-core illegal stuff, then you wont' have to worry about privacy so much.
     
  16. oxonbeef

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    Just lie.
     
  17. Mutikasa

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    maybe there is 100% anonimity, but i think you have to be expert to be able.
    It's just the matter of authorities how much work they're willing to do to discover you.

    btw, can u buy VCC from someone and pay with that?
     
  18. Griller

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    Pay with a visa greendot card or something, register your name as "Jack Meoff", use public wifi, update from public wifi.

    Of course don't be doing anything illegal, oftentimes, it seems like if people want to stay so private that they don't even want law enforcement to be able to know who they are, there might be something sinister going on. Regular private registration is going to protect you personally from people getting your info and using it against you.

    If you are going to extraordinary lengths to obtain privacy, that would probably still come crumbling down around you if you did or posted something highly illegal, you should really rethink the reason why you need the privacy in the first place.
     
  19. KyndFellow

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    That's a good idea to connect with a laptop to the internet from a public wifi, because the IP of your posts will be the same as everyone else on that network. Does anyone know if the IP for a given public wifi can be traced to the location of where the post is made on a public wifi network. For example, say you post at Starbucks. Would the IP be for just that one Starbucks (where your city could be traced) or is that the IP for all Starbucks in USA or the world? Does posting on public wifi keep your location anonymous?
     
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  20. Stalli0n

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    They can track it to that one Starbucks