An underground virtual private network service (VPN) used by cyber criminals to hide their activities while conducting ransomware attacks, phishing campaigns and other malicious hacking operations has been shut down during a major international law enforcement operation.

DoubleVPN offered users the ability to mask their locations and identities so that cyber criminals could conduct activities anonymously, according to police.

Now its servers and web domains have been seized by a coordinated takedown action by the Dutch police (Politie), which involved authorities such as Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3), Eurojust, the FBI and the UK National Crime Agency.

SEE: A successful cybersecurity strategy (ZDNet special report) | Download report as PDF (TechRepublic)

DoubleVPN has been heavily promoted in both Russian and English speakers

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