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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Dutch Police Seized 2 VPN Servers

Dutch Police Seized 2 VPN Servers

Dutch Police Seized 2 VPN Servers

Added: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
Police have seized two servers of the VPN provider Perfect Privacy during an active investigation. The Dutch authorities bypassed Perfect Privacy and targeted directly the company's hosting provider, I3D. The latter had to comply with a subpoena requesting the hardware, although it is not clear the servers in question were seized.

As you know, VPN services help Internet users increase their privacy and security online. They are mostly used for legitimate purposes, but sometimes VPNs are also linked to nefarious activity, because criminals want to stay anonymous online as well. This is why VPN services are often involved in the police investigations of online crime. Perhaps, this was also a reason for the Dutch police to seize Perfect Privacy servers.

Perfect Privacy informed its clients of the seizure of two of its servers, explaining that the authorities went directly to the hosting company without contacting Perfect Privacy. In other words, the company has no further details, because the responsible law enforcement agency didn’t get in touch with Perfect Privacy. However, the VPN provider assured its clients that no personally identifiable data was stored on the seized servers, because the company maintains no-logging policy. This policy allows to assure VPN users that no data was compromised.

In the meantime, the hosting company pointed out that it handled these types of requests in compliance with the law, while keeping the interests of their clients in mind. Perfect Privacy also made temporary capacity available so the clients do not suffer extended downtime during the investigation. It also quickly put in place replacement servers.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted Uploader (2016-09-07 19:20:57)
MarcusDelectus avatarDoubtful it was file sharing related but then again the whole thing is Kind of puzzling.
If they were after someone or some group they would have gone about it a bit more covertly I would think.
The companies would of had a gag order as well in that case or face obstruction of justice if they interfered.
They sure would not have made a big announcement about it, probably not even after the fact.
Maybe they were trying to disrupt vpn traffic for some specific reason from that location.
Whatever the case it did does not appear at least on the surface to have much impact on anything.

posted by (2016-09-07 23:21:21)
No avatarI was told that interpol is wiping all VPN servers out one by one, now I can see it coming. Something not

posted by (2016-09-08 03:00:46)
No avatar@Johnny420 Interpol has no power to wipe out anything, VPNs or other wise. You might consider reading the Wikipedia entry for Interpol.

Additionally, there are legitimate reasons to use a VPN, so they will not be outlawed. However, providers may be regulated and required to keep logs which would limit their use for illicit activities.

posted by Trusted Uploader (2016-09-08 04:24:28)
MarcusDelectus avatarIn the USA vpn's are not required to log anything, but some do anyway and are usually not upfront about it. Same for many parts of the free world, the "P" in vpn is taken literally to mean private not just encrypted tunnel wise but usage wise, if a vpn is not private what exactly is the point of it. If providers were forced to log they may as well shut down, so any change to that would turn into a big fight involving many groups.
TorrentFreak does a survey every year on quite a few, looks like ET promotes one as well that I bet is decent

posted by (2016-09-08 05:31:41)
No avatarService providers also have privacy policies. Once the heavy censorship begins then VPN really comes into play. Right now it is subtle and hard to notice but it's there.

posted by Kitty (2016-09-08 06:39:19)
Crash1 avatar@MarcusDelectus ... any so-called 'Gag order' would be USELESS anyway, and have been on the HOSTING company, not on the VPN company, therefore the VPN is free to tell ANYBODY about what had happened, just like the hosting company is required BY LAW to inform its' clients (in this case the VPN) of anything that would adversely affect their services (To prevent THEMSELVES from being sued by the client if nothing else).

posted by Kitty (2016-09-08 06:50:39)
Crash1 avatarPostscript ... if you think the VPN wouldn't know, almost instantly, about 2 of their servers being seized then you're dreaming. Those servers are monitored 24/7 for the smallest irregularity to help maintain client satisfaction.

Anyway, the whole thing is a moot point, as the VPN DID find out, DID inform its' clients, and DOESN'T keep logs, meaning any investigation is going to be useless anyway.

posted by (2016-09-08 07:43:45)
Ext avatar"freedom of internet is under attack"
what actually they want to achieve anyway??? just shot down the fu##ing entire internet. plain and simple

posted by Trusted Uploader (2016-09-08 10:06:23)
MarcusDelectus avatar@Crash1 The Scenario I mentioned is "if" there were a serious investigation into some matter all parties "would" have a gag order not to talk about it or risk obstruction, they would follow it or risk being put out of business not to mention people going away.

Don't believe it read the very very fine print where most companies in the world have to comply with the system, just look what happened with kat
That was obviously not the case or objective in this situation.

You should not live under any kind of illusion that a single VPN connection is going to protect you all that much If "they" are after you and have the resources (the people and the know how) your IP can still be found if you are actively on line at the time, even if you have plugged all the VPN holes like DNS leak and WebRTC etc.
Some companies have the Canary clause as an alert, but I doubt that would be useful in all cases

So what I was getting at is what exactly were they hoping to accomplish? apparently it did not accomplish much so are they just a bunch of bumbling idiots and just pulled the plug without a clue? or is there actually more information on the servers the company is letting on.
I think that is exactly what they wanted to find out for themselves.
So who knows, but I bet at some point they will either find out or there servers will be quietly returned to them without explanation.

posted by (2016-09-09 05:13:59)
No avatarI kinda agree with Marcus on that point. VPN can be monitored but the privacy policy is still in place? We'll never find out if it was file sharing or not I guess.

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