VPN: The hidden dangers

This unprecedented time is not stopping cybercriminals, who are becoming every day more ruthless and stronger in their activity of stealing personal information. Moreover, the migration of many companies to remote working and VPN technologies created new opportunities for cybercriminals.

In the past month, the use of VPN services increased dramatically since more employees are working from their homes. A stunning example is the Netherland case, where VPN usage has grown by 240%, followed by Austria and Canada which increased respectively of 208% and 206%. Consequently, also opportunities for cyberattacks increased and everyday companies need to find a solution against these issues.

Although VPN software is keeping businesses secure for the moment, they are a potential ticking time bomb. Recently, an app called SuperVPN has been removed from the Google Play Store. Since this app allowed hackers to intercept communications between the user and the provider and could even redirect users to a hacker’s malicious server. During testing, SuperVPN reportedly connects with multiple hosts, and some communications were found being sent via unsecured HTTP. While the communication contained encrypted data, it also included the key needed to decrypt the information.

Moreover, previously unknown vulnerability in an enterprise VPN software was exploited to compromise over 200 VPN servers and infiltrate the organizations that used the service.

Companies should re-evaluate their remote access strategy to avoid the potential impact of a VPN related security breach and loss of business continuity organisations. Amvima, as part of the Ampito Group, has strong relationships with Cisco, Fortinet, and Arbor which ensure your remote workforce remain fully secured. We are a vendor-agnostic provider, this means that we can provide your company with the service that best suite your business needs, contact us today!