Under the leadership of the Dutch police, a service that allowed cyber criminals to work anonymously. DoubleVPN service servers were seized in a global operation, police in the Netherlands and Europol report. The Dutch police claim to have invaded DoubleVPN‘s “digital infrastructure” through a hack.
DoubleVPN is a small service, but one that would be used by many cyber criminals. Those who come to a page of the service will see an image of police and foreign investigations services. This includes that the police have managed to make a lot of information about users.
According to police, DoubleVPN is popular among hackers performing ransomware attacks and fraudsters using phishing methods. Ransomware is a computer program that encrypts the files on a network in exchange for ransom. Phishing exploits personal data that criminals can deal with.
A vpn connection does not guarantee anonymity. “There is one Achilles heel, which is the company behind the vpn connection,” says tech editor Joost Schellevis. “That company knows who is who very well. That’s why taking out a service that especially helps criminals for the police is of course interesting.”
Police suspect DoubleVPN of being a criminal organization. For example, the service is suspected of facilitating customers to commit criminal offences. According to the police, the service made advertising in forums for Russian and English-speaking hackers. The cheapest connection cost 22 euros a month.