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DoubleVPN service used by cybercriminals seized by authorities. A combined international law enforcement operation was conducted by agencies from Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, U.K., and the U.S., alongside authorities from Eurojust and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3).
The agencies published a seizure notice on the DoubleVPN site which said, “On 29th of June 2021, law enforcement took down DoubleVPN. Law enforcement gained access to the servers of DoubleVPN and seized personal information, logs, and statistics kept by DoubleVPN about all of its customers. DoubleVPN’s owners failed to provide the services they promised. International law enforcement continues to work collectively against facilitators of cybercrime, wherever and however it is committed. The investigation regarding customer data of this network will continue.”
Cybercriminals have been using DoubleVPN to publish content on Russian and English-speaking underground cybercrime forums to mask their location and identities.
DoubleVPN provided an advanced level of anonymity by offering single, double, triple, and even quadruple VPN connections to its clients at cheap prices, costing as little as $25 per month. Using DoubleVPN internet traffic could be routed through two or more VPN servers and simultaneously encrypting the data.
According to DoubleVPN, they have not kept logs or statistics on its users as they do not spy on their clients. Confirming there was no logging activity on their servers. This is not the first instance the VPN service has been in trouble.
Earlier in December 2020, Safe-Inet, a popular virtual private network (VPN) service that offered bulletproof hosting services to facilitate criminal activity was taken down by Europol and agencies from the Netherlands, U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and France.