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Hidemyass does not hide your ass

VPN service has no room for anonymous users
Mon Sep 26 2011, 12:20

PRIVATE VPN SERVICE does not actually hide your communications if you are doing anything that the authorities demand to know about.

The firm was mentioned in stories about the arrest of one Lulzsec member who is alleged to have used its services and been involved in some high profile hacking incidents. listed some things that the group has been involved in, allegedly, and in a blog post stressed that it did not want to be involved in that sort of thing. Despite its name seemingly being designed to appeal to under the radar users, that is actually not what the service is about.

The firm did notice that its name kept popping up in IRC chatlogs about private services to use, but never took that any further. Until court orders came in asking it to hand over information, that is. Which they did.

"It came as no surprise to have received a court order asking for information relating to an account associated with some or all of the above cases," it writes.

"As stated in our terms of service and privacy policy our service is not to be used for illegal activity, and as a legitimate company we will cooperate with law enforcement if we receive a court order (equivalent of a subpoena in the US). Our VPN service and VPN services in general are not designed to be used to commit illegal activity."

Users would be "naive" to believe that paying a firm called Hidemyass to hide their ass would actually involve some ass-covering, according to the blog post.

"It is very naive to think that by paying a subscription fee to a VPN service you are free to break the law without any consequences," it said, as it explained that this would be the case across the industry.

"This includes certain hardcore privacy services which claim you will never be identified, these types of services that do not cooperate are more likely to have their entire VPN network monitored and tapped by law enforcement, thus affecting all legitimate customers."

Hidemyass was set up to counter web censorship, according to the blog, which adds that the firm thinks that the web should not be censored in any way. It said that the prime example of this is the Egyptian revolution, where users we able to turn to its services to protest and find information. µ


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