You joined a botnet if you use this VPN service

In Category Misc Posted by err0r On 07/22/18 Comments 0

A spam attack shed light on this virtual private network’s shady business practices.


It’s dastardly brilliant.


Users of the virtual private network Hola got more than they bargained for when they signed up for accounts. When they enrolled in the popular free Israel-based VPN service—presumably to conceal their IP addresses to circumvent Internet restrictions abroad, or to evade eavesdroppers—they actually inadvertently enlisted their devices in a robot army.


Did I say free? Not quite. The service boasts 46 million users on its website—with 7 million using it through Google’s Chrome browser alone. But by installing Hola, these people also allowed their connections to be sold to users of another paid service, Luminati (owned by Hola’s parent company, Hola Networks), which originally marketed itself as an anonymizing network like the Tor browser—a service that obscures Internet traffic by routing it through a series of volunteer-operated nodes.


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