Ars Technica: Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs

Ars Technica: Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs. “Hackers are actively unleashing attacks that attempt to steal encryption keys, passwords, and other sensitive data from servers that have failed to apply critical fixes for two widely used virtual private network (VPN) products, researchers said.”

Engadget: Russia to start blocking major VPNs after censorship refusal

Engadget: Russia to start blocking major VPNs after censorship refusal. “Russia’s hatred for censorship-dodging VPNs is well-known, and it’s now prepared to follow through on its warnings. Telecoms oversight chief Alexander Zharov told Interfax that he expected to block nine major VPNs, including ExpressVPN and NordVPN, for refusing to connect to a national blacklist that would prevent people from accessing sites through their tunneling services. He expected that the crackdown could take place within a month.”

TorrentFreak: Google, Facebook, VPNs, and Others Risk Huge Fines Under Proposed Law

TorrentFreak: Google, Facebook, VPNs, and Others Risk Huge Fines Under Proposed Law. “After failing to connect its systems to Russia’s national blacklist of permanently blocked sites, Google is now being considered for a fine. Current fines are very small and no deterrent to huge tech companies, but that could change. Legislation under consideration would see the search giant – and other tech companies, including VPNs – face potentially huge penalties, in Google’s case up to US$6.7 million.”

David Strom: Looking for a portable VPN? Don’t pick these products.

David Strom: Looking for a portable VPN? Don’t pick these products.. “I have been testing some interesting devices to help you set up VPNs when you travel. By now most of you know not to connect to open WiFi access points, because your Internet traffic can be monitored, recorded, invaded, and used against you. The way to avoid these issues is to use a VPN. Until recently, you had a few different choices to install some software or bring your own VPN device. Both are more suitable for corporate networks, and aren’t all that easy to install and configure. These three devices attempt to make things easier for consumers. Sadly, they all aren’t quite up to the task.”

TorrentFreak: Russian Govt Approves Fines For Search Engines Linking to Banned VPNs

TorrentFreak: Russian Govt Approves Fines For Search Engines Linking to Banned VPNs. “Russia’s State Duma has adopted a bill that will see search engines fined for offering links to VPNs and other anonymizers that have been banned in the country. Fines will also be handed out to search engines that fail to connect to a resource offering up-to-date information on what domains should be rendered inaccessible.”

The Next Web: Be cautious, free VPNs are selling your data to 3rd parties

The Next Web: Be cautious, free VPNs are selling your data to 3rd parties. “It isn’t unusual to find companies using deceptive practices when trying to market and grow their brands. One niche where this is very rife is in the VPN industry. It was recently revealed that contrary to claims on their websites, 26 of the 117 most popular VPN services log user data despite touting contrary claims in their marketing. That revelation will seem tame compared to findings on how free VPNs operate: many openly and brazenly share/sell user data.”

TorrentFreak: Which VPN Services Keep You Anonymous in 2018?

TorrentFreak: Which VPN Services Keep You Anonymous in 2018?. “In response to a growing threat of Internet surveillance and censorship, VPN services have surged in popularity in recent years. Encrypting one’s traffic through a VPN connection helps to keep online communications private, but what more does your VPN provider do to keep you anonymous? We take a look at the logging policies and other privacy features of dozens of VPN providers.”