According to VPN Mentor, Three popular VPN services have been found to leak private user real IP details, which if exploited could be used to identify users.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) it difficult for others to identify users and eavesdrop on their browsing habits. VPNs are Most popular in parts of the world where internet access is restricted or censored. Often, the traffic is encrypted so that internet providers, and even the VPN services themselves, have no access.
The researchers also reported similar IP leaking bugs to Zenmate and PureVPN. A PureVPN spokesperson said in an email that the company had fixed the bugs a week earlier. The report was authored by three researchers — Paulos Yibelo, who also found a similar information leak in Hotspot Shield last month; another pseudonymous researcher goes by the handle File Descriptor and the third who wants to keep their identity private.
What Is a VPN?
The purpose of using a VPN depends on the situation but mostly people opt-in for VPNs to fight online censorship by accessing websites that are blocked by their ISPs while some chose to use VPN for anonymity and better privacy.You can be under government surveillance or malicious organizations, hackers can track your IP address and identify your ISP or on a business level, it can allow attackers to carry distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Uses for VPNs.
- Access a Business Network While Travelling: VPNs are frequently used by business travellers to access their business’ network, including all its local network resources, while on the road. The local resources don’t have to be exposed directly to the Internet, which increases security.
- Access Your Home Network While Travelling: You can also set up your own VPN to access your own network while travelling. This will allow you to access a Windows Remote Desktop over the Internet, use local file shares, and play games over the Internet as if you were on the same LAN (local area network)
- Bypass Internet Censorship: Many Chinese people use VPNs to get around the Great Firewall of China and gain access to the entire Internet. (However, the Great Firewall has apparently started interfering with VPNs recently.)
- Downloading Files: Yes, let’s be honest – many people use VPN connections to download files via BitTorrent. This can actually be useful even if you’re downloading completely legal torrents – if your ISP is throttling BitTorrent and making it extremely slow, you can use BitTorrent on a VPN to get faster speeds. The same is true for other types of traffic your ISP might interfere with (unless they interfere with VPN traffic itself.)
Hackers Exposed Vulnerabilities In 3 Top VPN Vendors
In keeping with VPN Mentor’s blog post, in an effort to discover vulnerabilities in HotSpot Defend, PureVPN, and Zenmate VPN Mentor employed three moral hackers who after testing concluded all three VPN have been leaking IP deal with of the consumer, even when a VPN is in use posing an enormous privateness menace.
Out of three hackers, one has determined to maintain their identity hidden whereas one going by the net deal with of File Descriptor whereas the opposite Paulos Yi below. Right here it has to be famous that the vulnerabilities exist within the Chrome browser plugins for all three VPNs and never within the desktop or smartphone apps