VPN Shame

A Compiled List of VPN Services That Have Been Caught Logging, Lying or Hacked

Private Internet Access Receives Subpoena for Logs – Has None 2018 — 03/12/2018

Private Internet Access Receives Subpoena for Logs – Has None 2018

In 2017, an investigation in San Jose related to a series of hacks and defacing of webpages led investigators at the FBI to subpoena Private Internet Access for subscriber information.

Private Internet Access had no information to turn over, and John Arsenault, Private Internet Access’ legal counsel, testified in court regarding the practices of PIA and other privacy VPN services.

From the story here:

https://paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/06/02/alleged-hacker-claimed-he-was-paid-to-attack-news-site

Authorities were led to the suspect because he conducted some of his illegal activity through his Father’s home and at a nearby business, which gave investigators those IP addresses to follow-up on.

Once again, Private Internet Access proves that they do not log and as a result cannot respond to requests for information from governments or law enforcement. If you are serious about your privacy, get a reputable VPN that doesn’t log or sell your information.

ExpressVPN Had Their Servers Seized – They Contained No Logs — 07/08/2018

ExpressVPN Had Their Servers Seized – They Contained No Logs

ExpressVPN had one of their servers seized in Turkey by the authorities who were investigating an assassination of an official in Ankara.

According to the Turkish authorities, some information about a police officer (their Gmail and Facebook) was deleted remotely by someone using the ExpressVPN service. The server that they had seized contained no logs and did not help with the investigation.

This is one of the rare cases where we get to see if a VPN is telling the truth when they assert that they do not keep any logs.

While it is unfortunate when a VPN acts as a roadblock to a genuine investigation, we also have to consider the enormous benefit that the public has by not allowing unfettered access to all of our internet traffic.

The threat of parties using our information for reasons outside of our own interests is far greater than the downside of authorities needing to conduct investigations with more traditional police-work. It is absolutely crucial that no-log services like these remain vigilant about protecting our privacy.

In a statement, ExpressVPN commented:

“While it’s unfortunate that security tools like VPNs can be abused for illicit purposes, they are critical for our safety and the preservation of our right to privacy online. ExpressVPN is fundamentally opposed to any efforts to install “backdoors” or attempts by governments to otherwise undermine such technologies.”