Europol has halted the operations of VPNLab, a virtual private network that provided anonymity and encryption services for cybercrime groups, including ransomware gangs. Europol reported that 15 servers were seized in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, the US, and the UK.
All internet services of VPNLab are reported to be offline, and the associated domains now display the Europol seizure message on their landing pages. The operation was coordinated and led by the Central Criminal Office of the Hannover Police Department in Germany. During the investigation, law enforcement authorities were able to recover information about over one hundred organizations that were at imminent risk of a cyber attack and are working now to inform the potential victims.