The Onion Pi(e)

Welcome to the Onion Pi(e)! We're here as a small presence on the Alternative 'Net. I'm a software developer and most of this site is concerned with self-education and general interest. We have a few files available for download, so please share and enjoy.

Why Onion Pi(e)? Well, we normally run a bunch of Raspberry Pi computers, but due to ISP constraints, it's been deemed "inadvisable" to run a hidden service on site. Fair enough. So the VPS this is running on is similar in power and capacity to a Pi, hence the name.

When I say "inadvisable", that really stems from a conversation with my ISP. Quite some time ago I decided to set myself up as a relay, mainly for the technical challenge. It actually worked very well, even with my limited hardware and bandwidth, and I was able to observe Tor traffic, so all was well. I decommissioned the relay and moved on to the Next Big Thing ™. Then, just recently I decided it would be good to resurrect the project: I had some new hardware, bandwidth had increased and I had some spare time. However, the mood of the Internet had changed significantly, and with some high-profile MSM busts such as Silk Road, I decided to err on the side of caution and contact my ISP.

The problem really stemmed from how Tor works: on paper it's very simple.

So you now have what purports to be an anonymous session, and you can surf with impunity, but if you're running a relay there's a catch. If you're a small-time site operator it's unlikely you'll have the bandwidth or computing power to act as an exit or entry node, and if you're in certain countries it may be difficult politically to do this. That leaves the middle-node. The problem here is that it's a double-edged sword: you're using the Tor network resources, but you have to give something back by and by definition you're accepting and passing on other peoples' traffic. Now I'd say that 90% of the time the traffic will just be "normal" everyday stuff, but you never know. The Dark/Deep/Other web is renowned as a dumping ground for some very unsavoury and usually illegal material; after all, that's what you were curious about, no?

During the chat with my ISP they basically stated that "I could run a Tor Relay if I wanted (just as I do a Clearnet web site), but if some unscrupulous bad actor decided they were going to inject the type of content that people get locked up for, I would have no way of knowing about it until the feared knock at the door in the night happened". And of course, I'd be on my own legally. If you're going to drive down a road carrying an illegal cargo that someone dumps in the back of your truck there's no point in blaming the owner of the road...

I therefore decided that running a relay/node was not for me, and I'm concentrating my efforts on this site.

Ironically though it's not all bad! If you look back at the history of Tor, you'll see that it was originally developed by the US Navy as a secure comms network with obscurity-security being provided by a large number of nodes scattered worldwide. Of course, being public accessible via the Internet would have been problematic if only Navy traffic was on Tor, so it was opened up to the public who simply by using it introduced all manner of non-Navy, non-secret data to the secret Navy data! Ironic indeed when you think that the Security Services are actually being helped, not only by those "normal people" (which may include alleged dissidents and journalists) but by actual criminals! Talk about a smbiotic relationship!

In summary therefore, this is a just one node in thousands, here for your enjoyment (hopefully) but at the same time helping to keep the world a more secure place.


There's a small selection of comics, graphic novels and eBooks in our library

Disclaimer: I have no way of knowing that the links/sites below are genuine
and if you decide to visit them, you should be aware that you may see
something you don't like. This is the Dark Web after all. Enjoy!

Links We Like

© Some bloke on the 'web

You should be at this address:
Your should be at l5fdshtms2yn7hsp.onion

Note This .onion address should start with l5fd and end in n7hsp !