Obfuscated Usenet

Usenet is a popular distributed messaging service that has been operational since 1981. Over the years, its use and implementation has evolved. Usenet has changed. It has grown to become a stealth, secure, decentralized network where you can download items much faster and much more securely than using BitTorrent.

Usenet is now stealth. Usenet is moving in that direction more so every day.

Why Usenet is a stealth file sharing system? How does 'Obfuscated Usenet' work? How do you effectively take advantage of Stealth Usenet? This article will walk you through these topics so you can get up and running.

Note before moving on

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This service includes everything: High-speed Usenet access, a free Usenet search tool with accurate results (includes file previews) and very high retention with complete article availability on every newsgroup. You also do not need an indexer or newsreader with this service.

Usenet is a stealth file sharing system:

➩ Obfuscated filenames in NZB Files and Usenet Newsgroups: Posters give their uploaded files random filenames that contain jumbled numbers and letters, then spread the parts across numerous Newsgroups. These stealth files have obfuscated names in order to hide their content. In the past, incomplete (missing) files were common on Usenet. Today, obfuscated files have made download errors extremely rare on Usenet since all the parts are randomly scattered across different newsgroups.

➩ Completion on these releases (Scrambled post/file names) is excellent: With a good indexer I feel that completion is a non-issue. It is more important to understand stealth files (in addition to having a Usenet provider with the highest retention levels) than having multiple Usenet providers to maximize your completion rates. From my experience, having TOP NZB sites with deobfuscation abilities is the primary solution now. Your chances of completing the download with the Scrambled version of Usenet is excellent.

➩ These obfuscated files can only be accessed via the use of a NZB. It has all of the information for each segment of what you are going to download. This includes the newsgroup it was posted to, the subject, who posted it, the date, and the size of all of the parts.

Only the latest versions of either NZBGet and SABnzbd support latest obfuscation methods (even downloaded files without a file extension), so if you are using either of these newsreaders, be sure they are up-to-date! For those just getting started with Usenet, Easynews is the best place to go. It will save you a lot of setup time.

Stealth Files and Obfuscated Filenames in Usenet

How to find stealth files?

To decipher obfuscated files and reveal their content, you need a good Usenet indexer. You can even sign up for multiple NZB Sites in order to diversify your Usenet sources and improve your completion rates. Note: many of these require registration. A paid membership is also needed in order to get advanced API features.

NZBGeek: NZBGeek offers a forum-based community (manual index) and a Newznab indexer. NZBGeek impress us with its deobfuscation abilities.

NZBforyou: NZBforyou is second on our list of Best NZB Index sites 2020. NZBforyou is a community-based NZB forum. This indexer has a free membership.

NZBPlanet: NZBPlanet is a fantastic NZB indexer with smart deobfuscation.

NZBFinder: NZBFinder is a nZEDb-powered Usenet indexing website and throws in Spotweb, a Spotnet-based indexing system.

Omgwtfnzbs: Omgwtfnzbs is one of the most reliable index source.

In addition to having a good Usenet indexer, you will also need to sign up with a good Usenet Provider. These providers offer an extremely high level of user confidentiality. All server connections are secured with SSL encryption, making it impossible for third parties (and the providers themselves) to monitor your Usenet activity. Even your ISP will not be able to snoop on your traffic.

Here’s a list of the most secure Usenet providers out there:

Easynews – Our top choice if you are looking for a secure all-on-one service and don’t want to bother signing up (and often paying) for a newsreader and Usenet indexing service. It has fully encrypted, high-speed Usenet access with the some of the longest and most consistent retention (same retention on all articles and newsgroups). Includes a free Usenet search interface with file previews already built-in. Also unique – the service works on mobile + includes a zero-logs VPN.

Newshosting – Newshosting is another high-retention Tier-1 provider that takes your online security and privacy seriously. They include free 256-bit SSL encryption for all Usenet plans + newsreader with search (supports NZBs) and a zero-logs VPN.

Eweka - Eweka provides free 256-bit SSL encryption on all connections. This way, nobody will be able monitor your Usenet access.

UsenetServer uses 2048-Bit SSL certificates to help protect your privacy while downloading from newsgroups.

Note: when choosing a Usenet provider, make sure you sign up with one that has the most retention possible, grows their retention daily, and provides the same level of retention for all articles and all newsgroups. This will ensure you get access to the most articles and get the best completion rates.

➩ Anti-logging commitments: Since Usenet providers don’t keep any activity log, it might be impossible to track someone on Usenet. Best Usenet providers that don't Log:

Newshosting keeps no logs of your Usenet downloads or posts. They state the following in their privacy policy: "We do not monitor which newsgroups you post to or download from or what you put in news articles that you post."

Eweka - They do not monitor or record online activities of their subscribers: "Eweka can-not monitor the content of the information exchanged, made public, or available to third parties using Eweka's network"

Usenetserver does not log what newsgroups or articles you are downloading: “We do not monitor which newsgroups you post to or download from or what you put in news articles that you post.

UsenetFarm - UsenetFarm does not log your activity while you’re accessing their Usenet servers: "We do NOT log the articles you are reading/posting." + Usenet.Farm is very clear on its technical LOGS (time of session - IP connected - GB downloaded), technical LOGS are anonymised at the end of 3 months and added to the general statistics along with other users.

With Usenet your downloads are completely stealth. Some Usenet providers even offers anonymous accounts.

UsenetFarm is the most anonymous Usenet Service Providers:

For registration, only a non-disposable email address is required. You don’t need to provide any substantial information about yourself to sign up. Instead, you just enter an email address and you’re sent a special login link.

UsenetFarm accepts Bitcoin for true anonymity. Usenet.Farm itself says that, if you use Bitcoin, they have no idea who you are: "With BitCoin we know nothing about you!