Seven Hong Kong based VPN providers allegedly allowed users’ private data to be leaked out, according to a recent news report…
VPNs are big business. They are supposed to provide true privacy and enhance security. It’s the reason so many activists and privacy advocates use the services in the first place. However, not all companies are able to completely lock down their users’ activity and information. That’s apparently what happened recently, and many customers using Hong Kong VPNs allegedly had their data exposed.
Seven Hong Kong VPNs Accused of Exposing Users’ Private Data
The original report, published by The Register, stated that sensitive user information was made public, remaining visible in IoT search engine Shodan.io for approximately eighteen days:
“A string of ‘zero logging’ VPN providers have some explaining to do after more than a terabyte of user logs were found on their servers unprotected and facing the public internet.
This data, we are told, included in at least some cases clear-text passwords, personal information, and lists of websites visited, all for anyone to stumble upon.”
One of the VPN providers, UFO VPN, explained it could not lock down its customers’ data because of staff changes due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although, CompariTech and VPNMentor say UFO’s claims are incorrect. Regardless, the incidents underscore the problem with not relying on major brand names to maintain privacy and security.