BlackBelt Privacy Tor+WASTE / News: Recent posts

WASTE - vastly 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 16K. 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 6 days ago

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

Heartbleed

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.

Thanks.

grub

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

Nulnet

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.

Thanks.

Posted by grub 2012-06-18

2012.06.004

Tor 0.2.3.16-alpha 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

2012.06.004

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.

Thanks.

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 0.2.2.36 (for stable release)
Tor browser button reverted to 1.4.4.1. 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

2012.06.004, May Release

We are busy working on the June release.

This release will feature:
migration of current waste performs (commands to perform on startup)
from your current waste environment to upgrade install.

migration of current waste colour scheme to upgrade install.

a private profile so you can establish your own private network (100% secure)

Posted by grub 2012-05-06

2012.05.004, May Release

We have been working very hard behind the scenes to put the new darkNet() technologies through their paces.

Now the darkNet will remember your nick and shared folders on upgrade.

Anonymous and Private dropBoxes() have been tested and are working fine.

Thank you.

Posted by grub 2012-05-04

2012.05.003, May Release

As expected a few issues arose around upgrades to the new version, since it installs to a different location.

We are hoping the 003 point release is the final may release.

Thanks for your patience.

Posted by grub 2012-05-02

2012.05.002, May Release

We have released a new version with fixes in place for upgrading to this version.

If you find any issues, please use the darkNet() included to report problems.

There is a help channel you can post issues in.

Posted by grub 2012-04-29

2012.05.001, May Release

Unfortunately a user has found a bug when upgrading from an earlier version and we have reluctantly taken the decision to pull the May release until we resolve the issue.

We are still hoping the May release can be completed for release on the 1st.

Apologies for any inconvenience, but we do not want to release software unless it is right.

Thank you.

Posted by grub 2012-04-29

2012.05.001, May Release

We are finally as happy as we can be with the release.
If any more issues are found, we will release a new version, as a point release.

Grab your copy....

See you on the darkSide()

Posted by grub 2012-04-28

May Release, 2012.05.001

Due to the increased use of the darkNet we have been able to obtain feedback much faster than normal.

We are resolving issues that have been identified. Expect more updates of the installer.

When issues have been resolved, we will issue a checksum as a crude way to sign both packages.

Thank you to those users that have provided feedback.
We gratefully receive it.

Posted by grub 2012-04-28

Tor Firefox Plugin.

We are aware of side-effects of the Tor plugin when used with Firefox.

In Firefox 11 it is not possible to drag a link from the address bar, which should create a shortcut where ever you drop it.

In Firefox 12 the situation deteriorates further. Tab manipulation fails.

For these reason we are considering moving to an older version of the plugin which is proven to be working well in Firefox 11 and 12.... read more

Posted by grub 2012-04-28

releases...

We do try and release often and early.
You will notice the stable install does not change as often as the beta.
The beta benefits from the latest technology updates.
As such it will run more quickly than its stable cousin.

This is a trade off, but at least you, the user, have a choice.
Towards the end of the month you may see frantic activity from this project. We incorporate the whole experience, from downloading from SourceForge to being up and running on your machine, into our test schedule.... read more

Posted by grub 2012-04-28