One of the world’s largest VPNs dismantled

It is a great success. One of the world’s largest virtual private networks (VPNs) is dismantled. It was being used by criminals to carry out ransomware attacks and other serious cybercrimes, European police agency Europol announced on Tuesday.

Law enforcement, under the command of Reutlingen police in southern Germany, confiscated the Safe-Inet VPN service on Monday, disabling its servers, Europol said in a statement. “A homepage prepared by Europol was put online after the domain name was confiscated,” the Hague-based police agency said. “This domain name has been seized”, we can read Tuesday on the site of Safe-Inet, where the logos of the FBI, Europol and German, Dutch, French and Swiss police are displayed in particular.

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Active for over a decade, “Safe-Inet has been used by some of the world’s largest cybercriminals responsible for ransomware attacks, bank card data hacking and other forms of serious cybercrime,” according to Europol. “This VPN service has been sold at a high price to the criminal community, touted as one of the best tools available for preventing law enforcement interception and offering up to five layers of anonymous VPN connections.” Europol added.

Investigators also identified approximately 250 companies victims of espionage perpetrated by criminals using Safe-Inet. These companies “were subsequently warned of an impending ransomware attack on their systems, which enabled them to take steps to protect themselves.”

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The police chiefs of Reutlingen and Europol, quoted in the press release from the European police agency, hailed the success of the operation, the result of cooperation between Europol, France, Germany, Switzerland , the Netherlands and the United States. “The results indicate that the police are as well connected as the criminals,” said Reutlingen police chief Udo Vogel according to Le Parisien.

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