Europol takes down VPN service VPNLab used by ransomware operators

According to Europol, VPNLabs was providing services to malware and ransomware operators who would mask their IP addresses to carry out cyberattacks against 100s of businesses.

VPNLab, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service used by cybercriminals to deploy ransomware has been taken down by Europol. The VPN service made nearly 100 businesses at risk of cyberattack. Europol is working with potential victims to mitigate the risk.

The news came days after Russian authorities dismantled the infamous REvil ransomware gang known for targeting thousands of businesses and taking millions of dollars in ransom.

It is also worth noting that in June 2021, authorities managed to dismantle DoubleVPN, while in December 2020, a VPN service called Safe-Inet was taken down by Europol and the FBI. Both VPNs provided services to cybercriminals to hide their identity online.

Details of the Operation

The joint action, spearheaded by German police in Hanover, took place on 17 January 2022. The law enforcement agencies that took part in the operation included Canada, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Latvia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

According to Europol, around fifteen servers used by the service were seized, and its main site was also

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