NordVPN Keeps No Logs - But Hacked 2018


NordVPN keeps no logs in its personal virtual private network.

The VPN service provider has desktop applications for Windows, macOS, and Linux, mobile apps for Android and iOS, as well as an application for Android TV.

Manual setup is available for wireless routers, NAS devices and other platforms.

NordVPN is based in Panama, as the country has no mandatory data retention laws and does not participate in the Five Eyes or Fourteen Eyes alliances.

An independent audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers, has described the company's claims of not logging users' data as accurate.

In 2018 a complaint for patent infringement was filed in an US court by Luminati (owner of Hola) against Tesonet.

Luminati accused Tesonet of infringing its patents where participating nodes (users of the free VPN service), allow usage of their bandwidth for business customers of the operator.

Tesonet also runs "web data extraction products and services under the OxyLabs brand" which owns "a residential proxy network with ten million residential IP addresses from more than 180 countries".

Close business ties between NordVPN and Tesonet were also confirmed by a number of independent users of the service who pointed out at TLS certificates at NordVPN website declaring Tesonet as its owner as well as NordVPN APK files signed by Tesonet.

NordVPN published a statement in response in which confirmed being a Tesonet brand, but denied that its VPN is giving access to its users IP address, to third parties the way HolaVPN did it and said it "have never in any way been related to any other projects developed by Tesonet"

After investigation into the allegations a journalist Sven Taylor, concluded that there's a "connection between NordVPN and Tesonet".

He discovered the latter is "involved in a Hola-like business practices, involving proxy networks and data scraping.

But added that there's "no proof or allegation that NordVPN is a botnet reselling user bandwidth".

NordVPN keeps no logs.

In November 2018 NordVPN released an audit that successfully verified their “no logs” claims. The audit was carried out by a reputable “Big 4” accounting firm and confirmed NordVPN’s claims and practices.

Still, this makes me worried enough not to trust this particular VPN provider, sad, because they offer both Debian/Uuntu and RedHat / Fedora support.

NOTE: They were hacked in March 2018, but it was revealed in October 2019.

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