The private data of 21 million VPN users is offered for free on Telegram. In total, this concerns 10 GB of data. The hackers may be holding back some of the stolen data.
VPNmentor reports that.
Data from free VPN providers
The database with all personal data was published on Saturday 7 May via a Telegram channel. This is a SQL dump of 10 GB in total. According to the tech site, the dataset consists of 21 million rows, which means that 21 million users are affected by the data breach.
Names, usernames, email addresses, country of origin and financial information have ended up on the streets. This also applies to regular users and members with a premium subscription. Finally, password strings have also been leaked. The passwords are secured, which makes cracking them more difficult. But not impossible.
The data comes from users of GeckoVPN, SuperVPN and ChatVPN. These are all free VPN providers. Curious about the best free VPNs of the moment? Then read our overview, where we take a closer look at our favourite free VPN providers.
Perpetrators may be withholding information
It is not the first time that we write about the stolen private data of VPN users. In March 2021 (presumably the same) data was already put up for sale. At that time, it was about the same data from the same VPN providers. The big difference with now is that the data has been dumped in a Telegram channel and everyone can download the dataset for free.
VPNmentor says there are indications that the perpetrators may not have left all the stolen information via Telegram. Research from the site shows that 99.5 per cent of all email addresses came from Gmail. That is a significantly higher share than normally in a data breach. So the hackers may have even more stolen data.
Free or paid VPN?
Buying a free VPN sounds tempting, but as the example above shows, that is not always a wise choice. If you value your privacy, a paid VPN subscription is a better idea. VPN providers that charge customers a monthly fee for their services almost always have better logging and privacy policies. Providers like NordVPN or Surfshark do not keep logs of users’ internet activities.
Free VPNs also have other drawbacks. The number of VPN server locations of free providers is often limited. Not only do they often have fewer servers, they are also often located in a handful of countries. The chance that you will find the right VPN server is therefore a lot smaller. You don’t have to worry about this with paid VPN providers. They often have thousands of servers in dozens of countries.
Another disadvantage of a free VPN service is that you are often imposed a data limit. In practice, this is often so small that you barely have enough data to watch your favourite movies and series via a streaming service. To ensure network stability, free VPN providers limit your internet speed.
Are you suddenly more interested in a paid VPN? VPNGids.nl has tested numerous VPNs and listed the 5 best VPNs for you.
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