FAQ: Tor

Unfortunately, due to ongoing abuse attempts, we are requiring all new Tor connections to use SASL or login-on-connect at this time.

We allow legitimate use of Tor. We do not require users to first connect in the clear and register with services to allow connecting via Tor; however, we reserve the right to disable or limit new connections during times of abuse.

Limiting connections

Given the "anonymous" nature of Tor, it is often used for abuse, such as ban evasion and spamming. While we do our best to not adversely affect Tor users not engaging in abuse, from time to time we may impose various limiting techniques to mitigate said abuse.

Disabled connections

We may prevent new connections via Tor during times of heavy abuse. That is, new connections will be refused while those who can maintain their connection will not be affected. This measure is a last resort and often lasts so long as we continue to see abuse attempts.

Bypassing restrictions

Most Tor-related network bans and connection restrictions can be bypassed by users who have a registered account, allowing them to continue to connect and use DareNET even though we are limiting or blocking new anonymous connections. This requires use of the SASL or login-on-connect methods.

Onion service

We provide a version  3 onion service:

Onionv3 gg5kq3jrfshwr7qygs3tl5vwnwf4ocfh6jeahumejdct6frld3kvaqqd.onion

You'll need to use port 6667 (plaintext) or 6697 (TLS). While Tor already end-to-end encrypts the connection, you will still need to connect using TLS if you intend to join TLS-only channels and/or use the SASL EXTERNAL mechanism to authenticate. Note that due to the TLS certificates not matching the onion service (we only serve certificates for irc.darenet.org and servername.darenet.org, as proper .onion certificates are cost prohibitive at this time), you might have to disable the verification in your client.

To help minimize abuse, use of the onion service requires use of the SASL or login-on-connect methods.

Should you still need assistance, stop by #Help on IRC.