Police cut off access to VPN services used by cybercriminals

  • Authorities from 10 countries dismantled the VPNLab.net virtual private network after verifying that it served as a platform to launch computer attacks

An international police operation cut off access on Monday to VPNLab.net, a private network service used to enable and protect operations computer criminal.

European Union Police Cooperation Agency (europol) explained on Tuesday that the portal has become a “popular choice for cyber criminals, who can use their services to continue doing crime without fear of being caught by the authorities.

That is why police in Hannover (Germany) have led an operation in which the security forces of the United States, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Ukraine also participated, and in which up to 15 servers have been requested.

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Europol has confirmed that several investigations have found that these cybercriminals are using the VPNLab.net service to circulate various types of computer virus and throw cyber attack as ‘ransomware‘, who hacked into computers to block access to sensitive information and demanded a ransom payment for this digital kidnapping. This type of attack has skyrocketed in recent years.

VPN (initials in English from Virtual Private Network) is a service that allows its users to surf the Internet while hiding their identity and location. This technology is widely used by businesses and individuals to maintain online privacy as well as bypass government surveillance systems.

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