A coordinated worldwide regulation 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, regulation enforcement took down DoubleVPN,” the businesses said in a seizure discover splashed on the now-defunct website. “Regulation enforcement gained entry to the servers of DoubleVPN and seized private data, logs and statistics saved by DoubleVPN about all of its clients. DoubleVPN’s homeowners failed to offer the companies they promised.”
The legal investigation was carried out 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 complicated degree of anonymity by providing single, double, triple, and even quadruple VPN connections to its shoppers — whereby web site visitors is routed by way of two or extra VPN servers, whereas concurrently encrypting the info as many occasions — DoubleVPN’s cheapest VPN connection price as little as $25 monthly.
Previous to its takedown, DoubleVPN’s website additionally claimed the service saved no logs or statistics on its customers, stating “we do not spy on our shoppers” and that “we will converse responsibly that there isn’t 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 regulation 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 supplied bulletproof internet hosting companies to facilitate legal exercise.