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Old 27 September 2011, 07:52   #1
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HideMyAss has posted the following information on its blog: "We have received concerns by users that our VPN service was utilized by a member or members of the hacktivist group ‘lulzsec’. Lulzsec have been ALLEGEDLY been responsible for a number of high profile cases such as:

• The hacking of the Sony Playstation network which compromised the names, passwords, e-mail addresses, home addresses and dates of birth of thousands of people.
• The DDOS attack which knocked the British governments SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) and other government websites offline.
• The release of various sensitive and confidential information from companies such as AT&T, Viacom, Disney, EMI, NBC Universal, and AOL.
• Gaining access to NATO servers and releasing documents regarding the communication and information services (CIS) in Kosovo.
• The defacement of British newspaper websites The Sun & The Times.
• The hacking of 77 law enforcement sheriff websites.

It first came to our attention when leaked IRC chat logs were released, in these logs participants discussed about various VPN services they use, and it became apparent that some members were using our service. No action was taken, after all there was no evidence to suggest wrongdoing and nothing to identify which accounts with us they were using. At a later date 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. 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. 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. 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.

We would also like to clear up some misconceptions about what we do and what we stand for. In 2005 we setup HMA primarily as a way to bypass censorship of the world-wide-web whether this be on a government or a corporate/localized scale. We truly believe the world-wide-web should be world-wide and not censored in anyway. A prime example of this would be the Egyptian revolution for which our service played a key role for protesters gaining access to websites such as Twitter which were blocked by the government, we experienced record traffic during this time.

Although our web proxy accounts to a high percentage of our traffic, our VPN service accounts to nearly all of our revenue. Our main customer base use our VPN service to ensure their sensitive web traffic cannot be intercepted on insecure networks, though there are many other legitimate uses such as the ability to unblock GEO-restricted websites. Rummage through our review database and you’ll be able to gain a decent understanding of who uses our service and why."

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Old 27 September 2011, 11:40   #2
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Old 27 September 2011, 19:57   #3
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I take it youre the Sony/EA fanboy.
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Old 27 September 2011, 23:50   #4
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Yes, I'm that SONY guy some of you seem to love to hate - but in no way am I a SONY fanboy - far less an EA one! I loved my Genesis and SNES. I loved my Quake 2, Starcraft, Diablo and Tribes days. I'm a gamer. But feel free to go apeshit every time I try to use reason, just because I loved to play Twisted Metal 2 with my friend and because I enjoyed my Socom 2 days online. The assholes who punished us gamers by taking down the service should pay, yes. They did NO good for us. SONY, like other companies, are made up of PEOPLE. If they want to try doing something, go after the decision makers, if they dare. Hurting the ones they were supposed to protect makes them moronic assholes. Don't even bother bringing up any other stuff, again - I heard that crap. Fact is - they did NO good!
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They did no wrong to me, why should i... or we should care? and its all in the LULZ.
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(Not the Sony guy) Well just to be clear on this DarkLobo when someone like anon or Lulzsec does something that effects you and not me I won't care as long as they do no wrong to me. Is this really how you want the people around you to think? Do you want your friends and neighbors to not care about you when something happens to you when it has no effect on them?

I don't approve of many of the things Sony does but I also don't approve of the methods used against them. I also find it funny that Lulz would do anything to help SEGA when their actions took away game sales from that same company. Taking down the PSN hurt SEGA along with many other game companies not just the gamers that were whining about their inability to play Modern Warfare etc. Anyways even though you believe it had no effect on you I am sure that in some way it may have at least had created a small ripple that did effect you in one way or another. One that you may never be able to notice.
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