Dutch police have had a lead role in dismantling a virtual private network used by cybercriminals around the globe, European policy agency Europol said on Wednesday. The coordinated takedown of DoubleVPN involved the seizure of servers in several countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, US and Canada. The web pages have now been replaced with a law enforcement splash page. DoubleVPN was heavily advertised on both Russian and English-speaking underground cybercrime forums as a means to mask the location and identities...

The service claimed to provide a high level of anonymity by offering single, double, triple and even quadruple VPN-connections to its clients, allowing them to hide their location and identity between layers of access. Its cheapest VPN-connection cost as little as €22.

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Go with a reputable, highly trustworthy VPN provider like the ones recommended on PrivacyTools.io. That VPN provider was anything but reputable let alone trustworthy. Their marketing with a quadruple hop VPN is a very obvious red flag. Make sure your provider has honest, realistic marketing. Do not trust any providers that market their VPN as a single tool for anonymity and general security like NordVPN, because it is not.

DoubleVPN was heavily advertised on both Russian and English-speaking underground cybercrime forums as a means to mask the location and identities of ransomware operators and phishing fraudsters, Europol said.

This is probably the reason for them being seized. A legitimate VPN provider would never do this.

Anyways if you want anonymity you should use Tor instead of trusting in a single point of failure, your VPN.

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