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Kape Technologies buys ExpressVPN for $939M

Digital security firm Kape Technologies had announced that it has bought the Virtual Private Network technology from ExpressVPN for $936M. The deal will help Kape create a “premium consumer privacy and security layer” it said. The acquisition helps expand Kape’s customer base from just over 3M to 6M now, with the firm now in a strong position to capitalise on the expected market growth in the cybersecurity sector.

Source: CNET

AI to assist Chennai cops to solve cybercrime from now

The Chennai city police are setting up an AI-driven cybercrime lab at Vepery. Once active, it will help police to live-track phones, and break into VPNs much faster with next-generation gadgets. While 90% of cases reported in the city are linked to cybercrimes, current tracking of culprits takes up to two days. Being constructed for ₹5.6 cr, the new lab will enable police to get results and catch culprits in just five minutes, with the help of an IP address or a phone number.

Parliamentary committee advises Indian govt to ban all VPNs

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has deemed that Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a threat to cyber-security and allow for nefarious activities on the internet. It has advised the Indian government to ban VPNs in India. With VPNs relatively easy to download, they allow criminals to remain anonymous online, and should hence be restricted with the help of ISPs, the committee said.

Source: News18

Airtel partners with Cisco to launch connectivity solutions for enterprises

Airtel has partnered with Cisco to utilize Cisco’s SD-WAN tech to offer connectivity solutions to enterprises. The partnership will enable enterprises to build, design, deploy, configure, migrate, and manage their WAN infrastructure. Airtel also announced that its “Intelligent VPN solution” is now accessible to a large user base across the country. Together they will allow the building of highly secure next-gen networks offering cost-effective, on-demand connectivity.

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Russian hackers using VPN to hack into accounts

US and British agencies said Russian spies, accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential elections, have been using VPNs for the last two years to target hundreds of organisations globally. The names of the targets have not been identified but the location is the US and Europe. The Russian Unit 26165 has been alleged to be the group trying to break into Democratic Party emails and was accused of attempting to break into Linux systems.

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Chinese hackers exploited Pulse Secure flaw to hack into US defence industry

Two groups of hackers, having links to the Chinese govt, used a vulnerability in American networking devices to spy on the USA defence industry, researchers and the devices’ manufacturer claimed. IT firm Ivanti said that the hackers exploited the flaw in Pulse Connect Secure suite of VPN networking devices to spy on “a very limited number of customers.” Ivanti said a fix for the issue will be in early May.

Encrypted messaging app Signal stops working in mainland China

Signal’s app and website have stopped working in mainland China without the use of a VPN. Cyber authorities of the countries have been very strict in the recent past. They were restricting the access of apps, media outlets and social media sites by banning them in the country. The app, however,  was still available on Apple’s China app store. Both the website and app were reportedly working normally in Hong Kong.

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Chinese govt using VNPs to harvest 20% of world’s data including from India

Chinese govt has access to massive data — private emails, instant messenger and personal records — as most of the VPNs used across the globe are owned by Bejing based firms, said a report by Strike Source, The report said that 20% of the global population are “being either directly or potentially set up for the Chinese govt to collect their private data”. 31% of 4.57 bn Internet users in the world use a VPN network. In India, around 129 mn people use VPN.

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1 lakh Zyxel firewalls, VPN gateways at hacking risk: Report

Researchers have discovered hardcoded admin-level backdoor account in over 1 lakh networking devices manufactured by Taiwan-based company Zyxel that can let cybercriminals access to devices and risk data. The models include many of Zyxel’s top products from business-grade devices usually deployed in private firms and govt networks. Firewalls, VPN gateways and access point controllers have been compromised by the backdoor account.