As a result of an international law enforcement operation led by Europol, the Russian VPN service DoubleVPN, which was very popular among cybercriminals, was closed.
The service was advertised as a network of multi-level VPN connections, allowing attackers to access malware server panels and victim infrastructures without revealing their real IP addresses. DoubleVPN services cost from $25 to $200 per month.
Europol coordinated the seizure of DoubleVPN servers in Canada, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom. At the same time, law enforcement officers report that they not only seized the servers but also gained access to personal information about the service’s customers, logs, and statistics.
In a published press release, Europol states that the coordinated liquidation of DoubleVPN was carried out by the National Police of the Netherlands with international support coordinated by Europol and Eurojust.
Law enforcement officials say that they cannot share any additional information yet, since other investigations related to the liquidation of the service are currently being conducted.