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Kremlin's war on Telegram sees 50 VPNs stopped at the border

Russia's telecom regulator Roskomnadzor has taken a more granular approach to its battle with Telegram: instead of deep-sixing IP addresses by the millions, it says it's blocked 50 VPN providers from landing traffic in the country. At the end of last week, the regulator's deputy head Vadim Subbotin told state newsagency TASS …
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Google, AWS IPs blocked by Russia in Telegram crackdown

Russia's telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor has started blocking IP addresses linked to secure messaging service Telegram. Russia wants Telegram banished from within its borders, supposedly on national security grounds. First on its list, therefore, according to Roem.ru* (translated), are addresses used by, er, Amazon Web …

'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

A US bloke accused of cyberstalking and harassing his former housemates has been hit with two dozen more criminal charges. Matthew Lin, a computer programmer from Newton, Massachusetts, faces seven counts of cyberstalking, five counts of distributing child pornography, nine counts of making hoax bomb threats, three counts of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2018

Why you shouldn't trust a stranger's VPN: Plenty leak your IP addresses

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, turn out to be less private than the name suggests, and not just because service providers may keep more records than they acknowledge. Security researcher Paolo Stagno, also known as VoidSec, has found that 23 per cent (16 out of 70) of VPN providers tested leak users' IP address via WebRTC …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Mar 2018
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Private Internet Access VPN opens code-y sarong, starting with Chrome extension

VPN tunneller Private Internet Access (PIA) has begun open sourcing its software. Over the next six months, the service promises that all its client-side software will make its way into the hands of the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community, starting with PIA's Chrome extension. The extension turns off mics, cameras …
Richard Speed, 19 Mar 2018

VPN tests reveal privacy-leaking bugs

A virtual private network recommendation site decided to call in the white hats and test three products for bugs, and the news wasn't good. VPNMentor hired Paulos Yibelo, “File Descriptor” (a Cure53 researcher), and one anonymous researcher to put Pure VPN, Zenmate, and Hotspot Shield to the test. The researchers found IP …
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Facebook Onavo Protect doesn't protect against Facebook

Facebook's mobile VPN app, Onavo Protect, has been pushed as a way to protect personal information over public networks. But the app, which the social media giant acquired in 2013, sends users' data back to Facebook, even when the app is turned off. In a blog post on Monday, Will Strafach, CEO of the Sudo Security Group, …
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Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

A programming slip in Cisco VPN software has introduced a critical vulnerability hitting ten different Adaptive Security Appliance and Firepower Threat Defense Software products. The bug scores a perfect ten CVSS rating, and is present in the products' SSL VPN functionality. That's bad news because if you've deployed the VPN …
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Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

Apple has told the US government it cooperated with China's demands to block VPN services so it could get other concessions from the Middle Kingdom on human rights. The Cupertino watchmaker said in a letter [PDF] to Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ted Cruz (R-Zodiac) that while it did cave to China's demands it axe VPN apps …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Nov 2017
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Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect

A Russian law that bans the use or provision of virtual private networks (VPNs) will come into effect Wednesday. The legislation will require ISPs to block websites that offer VPNs and similar proxy services that are used by millions of Russians to circumvent state-imposed internet censorship. It was signed by President …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Oct 2017
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China crackdown: VPN vendor gets prison

A Chinese man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for helping his fellow citizens drill through the Great Firewall with virtual private networks. Guangdong province-dwelling 26-year-old Deng Jiewei started offering the VPN software on his Website in October 2015, according to a judgement posted by the Supreme People's …

Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a digital rights advocacy group, on Monday urged US federal trade authorities to investigate VPN provider AnchorFree for deceptive and unfair trade practices. AnchorFree claims its Hotspot Shield VPN app protects netizens from online tracking, but, according to a complaint filed …
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Apple chief on Chinese VPN app ban: We always toe the line with other nations' laws

Apple boss Tim Cook has said that his company would "rather not" remove apps from its store – but has to comply with the law in China. His comments come after it was revealed that Apple has removed a number of the virtual private network apps that allow users to circumvent the Great Firewall from its Chinese store. Cook was …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Aug 2017

Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

Russia and China are banning the use of virtual private networks, as their governments assert ever greater control over what citizens can see online. In Russia, the State Duma – the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature) – unanimously adopted the first reading of new legislation that would ban the use of …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2017

Banking websites are 'littered with trackers' ogling your credit risk

A new study has warned that third-party trackers litter banking websites and the privacy-invading tech is being used to rate surfers' creditworthiness. Among the top 10 financial institution websites visited in the US and UK, there are 110 third-party trackers snooping on surfers each time they visit. Online privacy firm …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2017
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Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

ISPs in the US have regained to power to snoop on your internet browsing and sell the results to the highest bidder. Congress has passed news rules under President Donald Trump rolling back earlier restrictions on internet service providers - Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and so on - from selling or otherwise sharing your web browsing …

Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

Hands-on How fast things change: once upon a time (last week), Tor was seen as a tool for the paranoid and the criminal. VPNs were aimed at safeguarding traffic over insecure hotel and conference Wi-Fi networks – or for business. But following a Congressional vote this week to effectively scrap digital privacy rights and give US ISPs …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2017
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VPN on Android means 'Voyeuristic Peeper Network' in many cases

A worrying number of VPN apps for Android mobile devices are rife with malware, spying, and code injection, say researchers. A study [PDF] from CSIRO Data61 in Australia, the University of New South Wales in Australia and the University of California at Berkeley found that Android apps advertising themselves as VPN clients …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2017

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