Joint Law Enforcement Action Takes Down VPN Service
An international law enforcement collaboration has targeted the users and infrastructure of VPNLab.net, rendering it no longer available.
The action was taken in response to the use of the VPN provider’s service to support cybercrime activities, including ransomware deployment.
Europol worked with 10 national law enforcement agencies to conduct the coordinated operation in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, the US and the UK. This led to the seizure or disruption of 15 servers that hosted VPNLab.net’s service on January 17, making it unavailable.
The operation, led by the Central Criminal Office of the Hannover Police Department in Germany, took place under Europol’s EMPACT security framework objective Cybercrime – Attacks Against Information Systems.
Europol revealed the strike followed multiple investigations showing that cyber-criminals were using VPNLab.net’s service to facilitate activities such as malware distribution. In addition, it was regularly used to help set up infrastructure and communications behind ransomware campaigns and as its actual deployment. Investigators even discovered the service was being advertised on the dark web.
Law enforcement also identified over 100 businesses at risk of cyber-attacks as a result of these investigations. They are now helping potential victims to mitigate their