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Hotspot Shield VPN is Leaking Users Data and Location

A security researcher has found that one of the world’s largest Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers is leaking users private information. Hotspot Shield, which has been downloaded over half a billion times and has been in operation for over a decade, has a bug which can reveal what country a user is located in, as well as leak the name ... Read More »

Personal Data Protection in Russia

On July 1, 2017 new amendments on personal data came into legal effect in Russian legislation. They dictate new rules on processing and storage personal data, and impose additional requirements on service providers. At the present moment Russian IT infrastructure migrates to cloud storages. As is in European countries this tendency is enforced by legislation, specifically Federal Law 152 “Personal ... Read More »

Italian Police Released 2017 Cybercrime Data

In a recent press release, Italy’s Polizia Postale shed some light on their operations and arrests in 2017. The Polizia Postale investigates communication crime, including cyber terrorism, hacking, child pornography, and general cybercrime. Last year, in particular, the police noticed an uptick in the use of the darknet in crimes involving child abuse or solicitation. They have sworn to adapt. ... Read More »

India’s National Internet Registry Breach, Data Spotted On Darknet

Over 6,000 businesses in India have been reportedly breached by an unknown cyber criminal. The enterprise arm of IT security firm Quick Heal, Seqrite claimed they spotted over 6,000 sensitive information of organizations including service providers, banks and government put up on the Darknet for sale. According to the information, the nation’s internet registry was also hit by the attack, ... Read More »

Sweden May Introduce VPN Surveillance and More Data Retention Requirements

According to documents obtained by Swedish internet service provider Banhof, the Swedish government appears to be interested in increasing the country’s data retention requirements, and may even be interested in starting surveillance of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other anonymization services. Data retention requirements in Sweden first took effect in 2010. Privacy advocates such as Rick Falkvinge, the founder of ... Read More »


59 US Defense Agencies Have Stolen Data Online, Study Shows

Owl Cybersecurity, the company with “the world’s largest commercially available database of DARKINT,” recently published the results of a study on government’s exposure on the darknet. In 90 days, the cybersecurity firm found stolen data from almost 60 government agencies. To the surprise of many, United States defense agencies fared worse than most non-defense agencies. The study showed that the ... Read More »


Examining Port Scan Attacks Via Data From Darknets

Port scanning is a preliminary approach that is most commonly used by hackers in order to determine vulnerable hosts that they can attack successfully. Scanning is a fully automated process that is utilized by hackers to detect machines, servers and peripherals that exist on a given network. A successful scan can yield details of machines discovered on the scanned network ... Read More »

Hotspot Shield VPN Accused of Selling Customer Data to Advertisers

Hotspot Shield, one of the largest Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers, has been accused of selling their customer’s private information to online advertisers. The Center for Democracy & Technology recently submitted an official complaint to the United States Federal Trade Commission in which they allege that Hotspot Shield is guilty of employing unfair and deceptive trade practices. The organization that ... Read More »

Former Employee of Healthcare Giant Sells Data of 1 Million Clients on Dark Web

  Former employee of Bupa, the multi-billion dollar healthcare giant with over 84,000 employees, was fired from the company after selling between 500,000 and 1 million medical records on the dark web. Earlier this month, analysts and consultancy firms including DataBreaches discovered that the former employee whose identity remains undisclosed had sold several batches of hundreds of thousands of medical ... Read More »

Former Apple Employees Arrested For Selling Customer Data on Dark Web

On June 7, after months of investigation, 22 people were arrested in the Southern province of Zhejiang, China, for stealing Apple customer information and selling it on the dark web. The cyber criminal group gathered sensitive personal data from Apple consumers such as names, addresses and Apple IDs amongst other types and sold batches of information on darknet marketplaces for ... Read More »