Shady VPN for cybercriminals shut down by law enforcement — ratted out users

Russian-based VPN service DoubleVPN has been officially shut down by the Dutch National Police and additional international law enforcement, after failing to provide full anonymity for its customers — which so happened to be malicious hackers.

Seized on July 29, 2021, law enforcement gained access to the encryption service’s servers and seized personal information, logs, and statistics of all customers, meaning DoubleVPN stored private data of anyone using it. Bad news for those using it for cybercriminal activities. 

(Image credit: Dutch National Police)

As spotted by BleepingComputer, DoubleVPN was commonly advertised on cybercriminal forums, promising to hide the identity and location of threat hackers utilizing ransomware and phishing scams.

“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,” the blocked DoubleVPN website now states.

According to Europol, the VPN service provided customers “single, double, triple and even quadruple VPN-connections.” Also known as multi-hop, this feature allowed threat actors to add an extra layer of protection, hiding their originating IP address by connecting to a chain of VPN servers. However, it’s all for nothing if a VPN service keeps a user’s logs.

DoubleVPN servers across the world have now been taken down, after a coordinated takedown by the Dutch National Police (Politie), with international activity coordinated by Europol and Eurojust, along with additional judicial authorities in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. 

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