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Seven ‘no log’ VPN providers accused of leaking user logs onto the internet

A string of “zero logging” VPN providers have some explaining to do after more than a terabyte of user logs were found on their servers unprotected and facing the public internet.

This data, we are told, included in at least some cases clear-text passwords, personal information, and lists of websites visited, all for anyone to stumble upon.

Source: Seven ‘no log’ VPN providers accused of leaking – yup, you guessed it – 1.2TB of user logs onto the internet • The Register

DarkHotel hackers use VPN zero-day to breach Chinese government agencies

Foreign state-sponsored hackers have launched a massive hacking operation aimed at Chinese government agencies and their employees.

Attacks began last month, in March, and are believed to be related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Targets included government agencies in Beijing and Shanghai and Chinese diplomatic missions abroad.

Source: DarkHotel hackers use VPN zero-day to breach Chinese government agencies | ZDNet

Popular VPN And Ad-Blocking Apps Are Secretly Harvesting User Data

Sensor Tower, a popular analytics platform for tech developers and investors, has been secretly collecting data from millions of people who have installed popular VPN and ad-blocking apps for Android and iOS.

These apps, which don’t disclose their connection to the company or reveal that they feed user data to Sensor Tower’s products, have more than 35 million downloads.

Sensor Tower’s app intelligence platform is used by developers, venture capitalists, publishers, and others to track the popularity, usage trends, and revenue of apps.

Source: Sensor Tower Secretly Owns Ad Blocker And VPN Apps That Collect User Data

Supply chains show their weaknesses following Avast and NordVPN attacks

Antivirus solution provider Avast and VPN service NordVPN each disclosed a data breach that were traced back to a case of exposed credentials.

The security incidents are indicative of a key threat that exploits insecurities in the digital supply chain to mount a variety of attacks on businesses and critical infrastructure. Exploiting a third-party also vastly increases the scale of an attack, as a successful break-in opens up access to multiple businesses, making them all vulnerable at once.

Source: Supply chains show their weaknesses following Avast and NordVPN attacks

Your VPN could be a privacy trap

When people turn to a VPN service, they expect full-on anonymity. Particularly when the VPN service says, “we do NOT keep any logs that can identify … a user” or “we have a strict zero-logs policy.”

These days, it seems that when it comes to claims about VPN logging policy, it is mostly just marketing speak. Many VPN services actually keep logs of user activity despite making claims to the contrary — in other words, they are disguised privacy traps waiting to be triggered.

Source: Your VPN could be a privacy trap

Privacy violations by free VPN service providers

VPNs are generally regarded as a way to bypass censorship, both in developed and developing nations, and the concept of free VPNs has been generally alluring for two key reasons: First, privacy should be a basic human right, and it shouldn’t cost extra to enjoy this basic right. However, research is showing that practically all major free VPN service provider sell user data or violate user privacy in some way.

Full article: Privacy Violations by free VPN service providers

The best mobile VPNs can ensure your privacy anywhere

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are great for protecting your internet privacy, but they’re not perfect. Some VPNs don’t take good care of your “private” information. Mobile VPNs face all these issues and more.

Here are the VPN basics: They use encryption technologies, such as IP security (IPSec), Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)/IPSec, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS), to create a virtual encrypted “tunnel” between your computer and a VPN server. While your traffic is in this tunnel, no one can see where you’re going or what you’re doing.

Source: The best mobile VPNs can ensure your privacy anywhere | ZDNet

Want more privacy online? ProtonMail brings its free VPN to Android.

Switzerland-based encrypted-email provider ProtonMail has released a version of its VPN, called ProtonVPN, for Android. ProtonVPN is from the same developers at CERN who built ProtonMail, a web-based email service that offers end-to-end encryption between ProtonMail users.

Source: Want more privacy online? ProtonMail brings its free VPN to Android | ZDNet

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