A coordinated worldwide legislation enforcement operation resulted within the takedown of a VPN service referred to as DoubleVPN for offering a protected haven for cybercriminals to cowl their tracks.
“On twenty ninth of June 2021, legislation enforcement took down DoubleVPN,” the businesses said in a seizure discover splashed on the now-defunct web site. “Legislation enforcement gained entry to the servers of DoubleVPN and seized private data, logs and statistics stored by DoubleVPN about all of its clients. DoubleVPN’s house owners failed to offer the providers they promised.”
The legal investigation was performed by businesses from Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, U.Ok., and the U.S., alongside authorities from Eurojust and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3).
DoubleVPN is claimed to have been closely marketed on each Russian and English-speaking underground cybercrime boards as a way to masks the situation and identities of ransomware operators and phishing fraudsters.
Along with offering a sophisticated stage of anonymity by providing single, double, triple, and even quadruple VPN connections to its shoppers — whereby web site visitors is routed via two or extra VPN servers, whereas concurrently encrypting the info as many instances — DoubleVPN’s cheapest VPN connection value as little as $25 monthly.
Previous to its takedown, DoubleVPN’s web site additionally claimed the service stored no logs or statistics on its customers, stating “we do not spy on our shoppers” and that “we are able to communicate responsibly that there is no such thing as a logging consumer exercise on our servers.”
Tuesday’s incident is not the primary time a VPN service has been caught within the crosshairs of legislation enforcement.
In December 2020, Europol and businesses from the Netherlands, U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and France took down Safe-Inet, a well-liked digital non-public community (VPN) service that provided bulletproof internet hosting providers to facilitate legal exercise.