EU Nations Shut Down VPNLab.net’s Service

Europol has taken down 15 servers that hosted VPNLab.net’s service which was reportedly used by cybercriminals.

“On 17 January, disruptive actions took place in a coordinated manner in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Law enforcement authorities have now seized or disrupted the 15 servers that hosted VPNLab.net’s service, rendering it no longer available,” said the Europol. 

According to Europol, VPNLab was being used for covert communications and internet access to support ransomware attacks and other cybercrime activities. 

Authorities in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, the United States, and the United Kingdom noticed that most cyberattacks were using VPNLab services.

“Each investigation we undertake informs the next, and the information gained on potential victims means we may have pre-empted several serious cyberattacks and data breaches,” said Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, Edvardas Šileris.


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