1.2 TB of user data leaked by VPNs from very popular and widely used VPN services. VPN’s aren’t private anymore Yes, Virtual Private networks that claim to be secure and provide you a private connection are caught up breaching 1.2 TB of user’s data. We know, that VPNs can’t be used to be anonymous over the Internet but these VPN companies assure us that they will keep our connection private and our logs won’t be saved anywhere. With some recent researches we got to know that 1.2TB of user data leaked by VPNs, the data is of about 20 million people.
According to the vpnMentor research team, led by Noam Rotem “A group of free VPN (virtual private network) apps left their server completely open and accessible, exposing private user data for anyone to see.” The team investigated in the server and found “Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data for potentially over 20 million VPN users, according to claims of user numbers made by the VPNs.”
1.2 TB of User Data Leaked By VPNs
The reports suggest that data leaked by Hong-Kong based total seven VPN, the affected apps are listed follows:
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- UFO VPN
- FAST VPN
- Free VPN
- Super VPN
- Flash VPN
- Secure VPN
- Rabbit VPN
These VPN providers on their sites claim to provide “no-log” VPNs, which shows that these VPN services do not record any data or user activity on their network. This statement announced just after a few days of a report by a researcher Bob Diachenko, which stated that about 894 GB of records from UFO VPN are available for unauthorized access in an unsecured Elasticsearch cluster.
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The kind of data leaked by VPN includes Activity logs, PII (names, emails, home address), cleartext passwords, Bitcoin payment information, support messages, personal device information, tech specs, account info, direct Paypal API links.
After such huge data breaching all the VPN apps are still available at Google Play Store except Rabbit VPN is removed. It’s like a surprise from most-trustworthy sites, most of the people rely on VPNs to have a secure and private connection to the Internet without worrying about data breaching and privacy policies.
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This is another big news which arises question on our and our data’s security over the Internet. A few days back Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and some other celebrities’ Twitter account were hacked after that we got to know that a new disastrous android malware BlackRock is sound which can steal data from more than 337 apps. And now with this news of user’s data leaked by VPNs, it’s hard to trust any VPN service, and users will think million times before entering their private data over the web.
The term “Private” is extinct from the Internet, now whatever you do, even a single click is tracked. As we already said, that we can’t use VPNs to be anonymous over the internet, VPNs are just used to establish a private network, however, you can try TOR with VPN. Routing with TOR is much safer than VPNs, it can help us to be anonymous over the Internet. But again, we can’t trust anyone, so be aware before entering your private data.