Almost 1.2TB worth of personal user information was leaked from seven Virtual Private Network (VPN) services. You may also note that the Rabbit VPN app is no longer available on the Google Play Store.
Companies whose functioning is based on data sharing and the internet rely on VPNs to provide a safe network where they can perform their tasks without having to worry about the breach of their privacy and secured networks.
It hosts 1.2TB of information on the users of the services, including their internet activity logs, email addresses, plain text passwords, IP addresses, home addresses, payment information, phone models, device IDs, and other technical details.More news: Nike's 'You Can't Stop Us' raises the Covid ad bar - again
E-mail addresses, mobile identifiers, unprotected passwords, logs with user activity, and much more were in the public domain.
"Hong Kong-based VPN provider UFO VPN exposed a database of user logs and API access records on the web without a password or any other authentication required to access it". The Comparitech report states that data of almost 20 million users (both free and paid) amounting to 894GB was leaked.
A correspondent from Engadget wrote, "A person of the companies, UFO VPN, claimed that it couldn't lock down its data promptly because of pandemic-similar staff changes". It also preserved that the logs were being only made use of for functionality monitoring and have been supposedly anonymized. This amounts to 894GB of leaked data. The server is being shared by over seven free VPN providers and failed to safeguard their server online.More news: Google's Autofill Getting Last Thing It Truly Needed
To check the database, the researchers downloaded the UFO VPN app. The research team at vpnMentor later discovered that UFO VPN was one of several white-label VPNs sharing a common codebase and infrastructure. It is all too straightforward for some companies to rebrand solutions without getting held to account for their statements.
That's not to say that VPNs don't certainly have their use, but folks need to exercise some good judgement and spend a little time reading and comparing recommendations from respected outlets before putting their behavior data into the hands of total randos half a world away.
This data leak shouldn't be taken lightly, as it may lead to numerous cases of phishing and fraud. If someone uses any of these VPN services, they are recommended to switch to a better and more secure virtual private network services provider.More news: Don't Mention Six Sixes: Yuvraj Singh Applauds Stuart Broad's 500 Test Wickets