What is ChaosVPN?
It is a system for connecting hackers, designed and created by the CCCHH – the Chaos Computer Club Hansestadt Hamburg (Germany). ChaosVPN states the following very clear to anyone who’s looking for anonymity:
“ChaosVPN is a VPN to connect Hackers and Hackerspaces – it does NOT provide anonymous internet access! For this look at Tor or other similar services. It will also not help you to reach domains like .rdos, .lll, .clos or any other strange things supposed to be available on the ‘dark web’.”
DEFCON 18: ChaosVPN
What is the goal of this system?
Design principles include that it should be without Single Point of Failure, make use of full encryption, use RFC1918 IP ranges, scale well into 100 connected networks and be able to run on an embedded hardware that you will find on our router today. It should be designed that no one sees the traffic of other people. It should be mostly autoconfig, since, in addition to the junction node, no network administrator should be in the need to do something when a node joins or leaves.
If you want to find a solution for a Network without Single Point of failure, has – due to Voice over IP – low latency and that no one will see other peoples traffic you end up pretty quick with a full mesh based network.
Therefore the ChaosVPN developers came up with the ‘tinc’ solution. ‘tinc’ does a fully meshed peer to peer network and it defines endpoints and not tunnels.
ChaosVPN connects hacker wherever they are. They connect not only roadwarriors with their notebook but also servers, even virtual ones in datacenters, hackerhouses and hackerspaces. To sum it up we connect networks – maybe down to a small /32.
So there we are. ChaosVPN is working and it seems the usage increases, more nodes join in and more services pop up.
ChaosVPN – Top-Level Domains
The only available TLD (Top-Level Domain) for the ChaosVPN network is .hack.
The CCCHH denies that there are TLD’s like rdos, .lll, .clos or other.
Join the ChaosVPN!
The links below will redirect you to the official ChoasVPN instruction guide(s).
- Generic How-To
- Debian How-To
- Ubuntu How-To
- OpenWRT How-To
- FreeBSD How-To
- NetBSD How-To
- NetBSD NAT VPN router using chaosvpn and ipnet How-To
- Apple Mac OSX How-To
- Raspbian How-To
Happy exploring & stay safe!