BlackBelt Privacy - Tor+WASTE+VoIP / News: Recent posts

August Release

Hi Users,

Its that time again.... a new release.
This one has some significant changes and improvements and enrichments.

As some of you may be aware, all tools within this security pack have been built from source and have been improved, in some areas, significantly. For WASTE and MicroSip a uPnP module has been embedded to aid connectivity for the average home user. Please enable uPnP in your router configuration to gain automatic port forwading for the tools. For Tor we have enabled server shut-down, but still enable client connectivity for more bandwidth conscious users who wish to offer back to the Tor network.... read more

Posted by grub 2015-07-31

Firefox Tor Profile...

Dear Users,

Firefox, as you know, has regular updates now and has had several revisions since we last provided the Firefox Profile.

We have now updated the profile and it will appear in the June 2015 release.

Plugins have been updated in this release and you may be prompted to load previously in use plugins again. We will leave this choice to you.

Thank you.

Posted by grub 2015-05-10

WASTE : WASTE routing...

Dear Users,

We have been perfecting the connection management within WASTE for some time. It has now matured to the point that full 'WASTE routing' is now in effect. What we mean by this is the BIOS nodes will connect parties to a general nullnet. Then the swarm of clients will share their locations for other WASTE users. Then each client will build a map of the network and selectively connect to part of it.... read more

Posted by grub 2015-04-05

SIP URI's, SIP Accounts and DDNS - ways to reach a call party.

Hi Users,

Feedback suggests that some people are having trouble makings calls. We apologize if you are one of those people.

MicroSIP 3.9.6 requires a sip uri to make a call. You can no longer dial just an ipaddress:port.

You must use a proper formed sip uri. All this means is that to dial another party you need to use the following format.

A user at ip and port 2222 will be reached by using the following uri.
This should be entered into the dial box and then called.... read more

Posted by grub 2015-01-06

MicroSIP 3.96.

Hello users,

We ship a custom build of MicroSIP with uPnP awareness built in. This increases the chances of a successful call for home users behind uPnP NAT aware routers (the vast majority of routers out there).

We have integrated the uPnP library into the latest MicroSIP v3.96. We are putting it through its final stages of test and hope to include it in a future release.



Posted by grub 2014-12-17

MicroSIP - Accountless, Serverless, STUNless internet calling coming soon...

Hello Users,

We have been working very hard behind the scenes with our beta testers in several countries to bring you a MicroSIP that is auto-starting, no longer requires STUN and no longer requires ICE.
MicroSIP is now uPnP aware and will establish uPnP routing between callers.

If your internet connection supports uPnP (mostly home users with home routers) then you can disable STUN by removing any entries. Disable ICE. Switch to TCP for the transport and then simply call your other party at their IPaddress and port, (ipAddress:port).... read more

Posted by grub 2014-11-28

AVAST Antivirus - Deep Screen...

We have reports from beta testers that AVAST Antivirus has a Deep Screen option that causes the installer to run twice. It also causes MicroSIP to start twice.

If you encounter this problem, please disable Deep Screen or switch to another Antivirus solution.

Thank you.


Posted by grub 2014-11-14

VoIP Ports...

Some users may find port 5060 blocked. This is the default port.
In this instance - set your port to one of your choice within the account settings.
Then click apply.

Then when you give your IP to the person you want to call you, give them your address in the following format.

{IP address}:{port}

So... if your ip address is..., and your port is 22222.

Give your address to you caller as... read more

Posted by grub 2014-10-31

VOIP Support coming soon...

Hi Users,

Some of our users have requested Voice capability in the tool.

We have been evaluating how to add VOIP (Voice over IP) PC-2-PC calling into the product.
We needed to find an open source VOIP stack, with uPnP support and it needed to be portable for easy bundling. It also needed to enable SIP account handling and at the same time not require it for PC-2-PC calling.

We have since found our ideal solution and its being beta-tested as these words are being typed.... read more

Posted by grub 2014-10-23

WASTE - increased file transfer speeds.

We love working with WASTE, an old private mesh tool, and mixing it with Tor, a new privacy tool.
The old is not always pushed out with the new.

To keep pace with modern and fast connections we have increased the file transfer Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) from 4K to 8K. This does break compatibility with older WASTE clients, but only for file transfers. Thats the only bad news. ALL users will have to upgrade to the new October release which we are working on right now. Its almost ready and being put through its paces. Beta testers will get their hands on it first - and then its over to you !... read more

Posted by grub 2014-09-12

Canvas Tracking.

The media has been awash with reports of Canvas Tracking. A new technique for tracking users.
These reports vary between news that it is not effective to news that it is very effective.
Some claim it cant be blocked and some claim it can.

NoScript is setup for you in the Tor Profile and it disables javascript by default. On sites where you must run it you must 'opt-in' using the NoScript option menu in the Firefox taskbar at the bottom of the browser window.... read more

Posted by grub 2014-09-04


The new release, 3.2014.04.1 contains openssl-1.0.1g to combat any vulnerability that could have been introduced with previously affected versions of SSL.

ALL users should upgrade to this version.



Posted by grub 2014-04-12

darkBIOS network being closed down to pure non-locked users.

The network has grown which is very very good.
What is not so good is there are too few BIOS operators.

To combat the load that is being placed on too few BIOS nodes we will periodically close down the WASTE network to those who do not complete the locking phase of the installation.

DarkLocking() is detailed in the installation documentation which we do encourage users to read.

This means that some people will not be able to connect to the network.... read more

Posted by grub 2013-03-12

We need DarkBIOS Operators... Please

Hi BlackBelt Privacy Tor + WASTE users.

We are now actively seeking new DarkBIOS operators to increase the connectivity of the network.

What is a BIOS Operator ?

A BIOS Operator runs a DarkBIOS node and has it patched into the network to be able to handle connections. You need a DDNS resolvable host and be listening on a port of your choice, typically 443 or 1337.

We can supply the DarkBIOS installer.... read more

Posted by grub 2013-01-30

Tor Firefox Profile... the journey to the dark side is now complete...

We have successfully transitioned to the use of a Tor Firefox profile.

We would like to thank 2 anonymous beta-testers who offered valuable time and feedback to enable this to work. We think we have ironed out the bugs, but please feed back if you find any. We thrive on feedback. Many features now in the product came about due to our users and their insatiable desire to have things their way.

Download the latest releases to benefit.... read more

Posted by grub 2013-01-11

Firefox 16.xx Compatability.

Dear Users,

The Tor Button is comprehensively broken in Firefox 16.xx versions.
To combat this we are introducing a Tor profile for firefox users. All other users will manage access to Tor in ways they find for their browser.

For Firefox users, expect a new profile icon to arrive on your desktop when you upgrade. This will give you access to the new Tor profile we are currently working on.

Its Panopticlick score is less than 1000 and a similar number to the Tor Project's Plugin with Firefox solution.... read more

Posted by grub 2012-11-14

Child Pornography is BANNED

We will not condone nor allow child pornography on our volunteer run WASTE network.

We take a pro-active approach to keep material as abhorrent and disgusting as this off our WASTE darkNet.

We will also not hesitate to pro-actively work with Police and Law enforcement in any jurisdiction should we detect anyone breaking this rule.

Posted by grub 2012-11-01

Expression on the WASTE darkNet network

If you choose to use the built-in WASTE darkNet we welcome you.
However, the BIOS nodes are run by volunteers who have come to some consensus on what is considered objectionable content.

We are democratically agreed that pornography of any kind is not welcome on the network. Please refrain from sharing it.

This is to protect younger users of this software.

We appreciate that this could be construed as censorship, by a vendor that is passionate about an open web. We apologise if it appears that way, but you are encouraged to generate your own networks and establish your own rules.... read more

Posted by grub 2012-10-18

2012.07.001 - july release

Its that time again - a new release.

Here is the current changelog:
WASTE: updated to 1.8.0_beta_004
WASTE Download folder Launch button added to main WASTE window.

We are nearing the end of the development phase of the project. Tor is settling down and the latest beta version has everything we wanted to give you. All credit to the core Tor team. The features we supply to you would not have been possible without them, so we salute them.... read more

Posted by grub 2012-06-20


Please bear in mind that the nulnet is NOT as secure as your own private network. You are encouraged to establish your own networks with your friends.

The nulnet is just a meeting place. A jump-off point for users to meet.


Posted by grub 2012-06-18


Tor may have problems on startup. It may cause Vidalia to report an unrecognisable state.

If you see this error message, please download and use the stable version instead. We ship both the Stable and Alpha Tor release. You are able to switch between them without un-installing, or even stopping, either version before you re-install.

Posted by grub 2012-06-12


This release is a further bugfix. If you find any adverse behaviours, by all means come to the darkNet (WASTE) and report it to a BIOS operator.


Posted by grub 2012-06-08

2012.06.001, June Release - Changelog

There have been bugs, unfortunately, which have been identified by our users.

We hope to have resolved them all. We recommend you download a new copy upon seeing this message.

Posted by grub 2012-06-01

2012.06.001, June Release - Changelog

The Changelog is settling down.
The latest coming changes are...

Firefox pipe-lining is now enabled in the default profile with sensible defaults.
Firefox SPDY is now enabled in the default profile.
Tor state file will only be over-written by the installer if a different version of Tor is being installed.
Tor updated to (for stable release)
Tor browser button reverted to Later versions fails Firefox tab management.
WASTE GUI colours now preserved on upgrade.
WASTE download path preserved on upgrade.
WASTE important settings preserved on upgrade.
WASTE random nick is now computed to increase anonymity on the network.
WASTE private profile now provided. Use the Preferences view | Profiles | Profile Manager.
DropBoxes implemented. Now you can drop content for others to see at a dropBox thats up 24x7.

Posted by grub 2012-05-30

2012.06.001, June Release - Changelog

We are nearing the June release.
Its currently in test.
We expect it to be released June 1st.

Currently the change log is:
• Firefox Pipe-lining is now enabled with sensible defaults.
• WASTE GUI colours now preserved on upgrade.
• WASTE download path preserved on upgrade.
• DropBoxes implemented. Now you can drop content for others to see at a
dropBox that runs 24x7.

Posted by grub 2012-05-22