The news came as a bombshell for those who operate in the VPN industry, which in comparison to others like Web hosting, seems more like a cottage one where everybody is acquainted with everyone else. 10 days ago, Reddit user 8obhex, wrote an explosive post about a criminal complaint document (PDF) that alluded to the fact that Highwinds Network Group, now owned by StackPath, and the company behind the popular IPVanish VPN, kept logs despite their no-logging policy. What followed was a torrent of comments that abruptly ended when the 8obhex account and nine related comments were deleted. The subsequent fury caused by the disclosure forced Lance Crosby, the CEO of the company, to make an official statement on Reddit. Techradar Pro approached StackPath with nine questions, eight of which were answered by Jeremy Palmer, VP, Product and Marketing at the company. 1. Court records recently posted on Reddit (IPVanish_Summons.png) suggest that in 2016 IPVanish responded to a summons by handing over information on a user’s activities, including connection times, possibly the use of specific protocols, and disconnection times. Are those records a complete and accurate summary of what happened, or is there any further background information you can provide? Because this happened prior to StackPath’s acquisition of Highwinds Network Group, we have no additional details about this case. The former legal and executive team is long gone. It would be impossible for me to speculate about what might have happened. 2. IPVanish has claimed to have a strict “no… [Read full story]
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