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Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

Microsoft has scrapped plans to go IPv6-only on one of its internal networks over fears its campus visitors would be unable to use their virtual private networks (VPNs). The decision to mothball a full shift to the new protocol for that particular network was detailed by Microsoft network architect Veronika McKillop on Monday …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Sep 2018
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M-M-M-MONSTER KILL: Cisco's bug-wranglers swat 29 in single week

Cisco has taken delivery of a bulk order for 29 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) IDs. If you're running the end-of-life RV110 Wireless-N VPN firewall or RV215W Wireless-N VPN router, bad news: some of their security vulnerabilities won't be patched and there's no workaround – so it is probably time to replace them …
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Facebook pulls 'snoopy' Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after falling foul of rules

Facebook has pulled its data-snaffling Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after the iGiant said the tech violated recently tightened rules. Onavo is a free VPN app that pipes user traffic through Facebook systems under the pretext of protecting surfers from malware-tainted websites and other threats. The app, which the social …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2018

Support for ageing key exchange crypto leaves VPNs open to attack

Security gaps have been identified in widely used implementations of the IPsec protocol, which is used in the set up of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). The Internet Key Exchange protocol "IKEv1", which is part of the IPsec protocol family, has vulnerabilities that enable potential attackers to interfere with the communication …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2018
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Kaspersky VPN blabbed domain names of visited websites – and gave me a $0 reward, says chap

Updated Kaspersky's Android VPN app whispered the names of websites its 1,000,000-plus users visited along with their public IP addresses to the world's DNS servers. The antivirus giant duly fixed up the blunder when a researcher reported it via the biz's bug bounty program – for which he received zero dollars and zero cents as a …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Aug 2018
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Cisco let an SSL cert expire in its VPN kit – and broke network provisioning brokers

If your inter-office Cisco-powered VPN suddenly isn't working properly, there's an upcoming update you may need to install. The issue is specific to Switchzilla's Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM), which is its software-defined networking controller for enterprise networks. It relies on …

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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