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Russia Bans Proxy Services And VPNs To Purge Extremist Content

Russia Bans Proxy Services And VPNs To Purge Extremist Content
July 26, 2017Wang Wei
Earlier this year, China announced a crackdown on VPNs and proxy services in the country and made it mandatory for all VPN providers and leased cable lines operators to have a license from the government in order to use such services. Now, Russia is also considering to follow a similar path. The Russian Federation Council has just approved a bill that would outlaw the use of virtual private networks (VPNs), the Tor anonymity network, anonymous mobile messaging services and internet proxy services, citing concerns about the spread of extremist materials. VPNs are third-party services that help users access block banned websites by encrypting users’ Internet traffic and routeing it through a distant connection, hiding their location data and access sites that are usually restricted or censored by a certain country. The bill to ban VPNs and proxy services has been passed by the lower house of Russian parliament, the State Duma, on Friday, and only needs to be approved by the u

Critical RCE Flaw Found in OpenVPN that Escaped Two Recent Security Audits

Critical RCE Flaw Found in OpenVPN that Escaped Two Recent Security Audits
June 22, 2017Swati Khandelwal
A security researcher has found four vulnerabilities, including a critical remote code execution bug, in OpenVPN, those were not even caught in the two big security audits of the open source VPN software this year. OpenVPN is one of the most popular and widely used open source VPN software solutions mostly used for various connectivity needs, but it is especially popular for anonymous and private access to the Internet. This year, two independent security audits of OpenVPN were carried out to look for flaws, backdoors, and other defects in the open source software – one conducted by a team led by Johns Hopkins University crypto-boffin Dr. Matthew D. Green. The audits resulted in a patch of a few vulnerabilities in the widely used open source software, giving OpenVPN a clean chit. Researcher Used Fuzzer to find Bugs in OpenVPN Researcher Guido Vranken of Netherlands exclusively used a fuzzer and recently discovered four security holes in OpenVPN that escaped both the secur

Use Secure VPNs (Lifetime Subscription) to Prevent ISPs From Spying On You

Use Secure VPNs (Lifetime Subscription) to Prevent ISPs From Spying On You
March 27, 2017The Hacker News
Data Privacy is a serious concern today with the vast availability of personal data over the Internet – a digital universe where websites collect your personal information and sell them to advertisers for dollars, and where hackers can easily steal your data from the ill-equipped. If this wasn't enough, US Senate voted last week to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced ISPs to get your permission before selling your Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers. If passed, ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T, can collect and sell data on what you buy, where you browse, and what you search, to advertisers all without taking your consent in order to earn more bucks. How to Prevent ISPs And Hackers From Spying On You So, how do you keep your data away from advertisers as well as hackers? Private Browsing! If you're worried about identity thieves or ISPs spying on or throttling your traffic, the most efficient way to secure your privacy on the

Improve Your Online Privacy And Security Using NordVPN

Improve Your Online Privacy And Security Using NordVPN
September 29, 2016Mohit Kumar
Today, most users surf the web unaware of the fact that websites collect their data and track their locations – and if this is not enough, then there are hackers and cyber criminals who can easily steal sensitive data from the ill-equipped. In short, the simple truth is that you have no or very little privacy when you're online. So, if you're worried about identity thieves, or ISPs spying on or throttling your traffic, the most efficient way to secure your privacy on the Internet is to avoid using public networks; use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) instead. When it comes to digital security, the first thing most users probably think of is a good Antivirus for protecting their sensitive data on their systems. But, what they forget is that the data they send over the Internet needs protection, too. That's where Virtual Private Network (VPN) services come in. VPN allows you to access a private network securely and to share data remotely through public networks,

Dutch Police Seize Two VPN Servers, But Without Explaining... Why?

Dutch Police Seize Two VPN Servers, But Without Explaining... Why?
September 03, 2016Mohit Kumar
Recently, two European countries, France and Germany, have declared war against encryption with an objective to force major technology companies to built encryption backdoors in their secure messaging services. However, another neighborhood country, Netherlands, is proactively taking down cyber criminals, but do you know how? Dutch Police has seized two servers belonging to Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider Perfect Privacy , as part of an investigation, without even providing any reason for seizures. Switzerland-based VPN provider said they came to know about the servers seizure from I3D, the company that provides server hosting across Rotterdam. For those unfamiliar, Virtual Private Networks or VPNs are easy security and privacy tools that route your Internet traffic through a distant connection, protecting your browsing, hiding your location data and accessing restricted resources. VPNs have now become a great tool not just for large companies, but also for individual

Using VPN in the UAE? You'll Be Fined Up To $545,000 If Get Caught!

Using VPN in the UAE? You'll Be Fined Up To $545,000 If Get Caught!
July 28, 2016Mohit Kumar
If you get caught using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the broader of United Arab Emirates (UAE), you could face temporary imprisonment and fines of up to $545,000 (~Dhs2 Million). Yes, you heard that right. Online Privacy is one of the biggest challenges in today's interconnected world. The governments across the world have been found to be using the Internet to track people’s information and conduct mass surveillance. Here VPNs and proxy servers come into Play. VPNs and proxy servers are being used by many digital activists and protesters, who are living under the most oppressive regimes, to protect their online activity from prying eyes. However, using VPN or proxy in the UAE could land you into great difficulty. The UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued new sovereign laws for combating cyber crimes, which includes a regulation that prohibits anyone, even travelers, in the UAE from using VPNs to secure their web traff

Critical 'Port Fail' Vulnerability Reveals Real IP Addresses of VPN Users

Critical 'Port Fail' Vulnerability Reveals Real IP Addresses of VPN Users
November 27, 2015Mohit Kumar
A newly discovered flaw affecting all VPN protocols and operating systems has the capability to reveal the real IP-addresses of users' computers, including BitTorrent users, with relative ease. The vulnerability, dubbed Port Fail by VPN provider Perfect Privacy (PP) who discovered the issue, is a simple port forwarding trick and affects those services that: Allow port forwarding Have no protection against this specific attack Port Forwarding trick means if an attacker uses the same VPN ( Virtual Private Network ) as the victim, then the real IP-address of the victim can be exposed by forwarding Internet traffic to a specific port. "The crucial issue here is that a VPN user connecting to his own VPN server will use his default route with his real IP address, as this is required for the VPN connection to work," Perfect Privacy wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Also Read:  This Secure Operating System Can Protect You Even if You Get Hacked . Port Fail
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