The Windscribe privacy tool, based in Canada, failed to encrypt corporate VPN servers recently confiscated by the Ukrainian authorities.
The company provides services through the OpenVPN program. The Android app has over 5 million installs, indicating that the user base is probably much larger.
“On June 24, 2021, our monitoring systems informed us that two servers in Ukraine had shut down. In cooperation with our supplier of these servers, we were informed that these two servers were seized as part of an investigation into activities that took place 12 months before this, “the company said.
A Windscribe representative said the seizure was prompted by an incident that did not affect their activities.
“Someone allegedly pretended to be a civil servant and stole $ 10,000 from a Ukrainian social services agency. A year later, the servers were confiscated by local authorities,” he explained.
The disk of the two servers had an OpenVPN server certificate and its private key.
According to Canadians, in very limited cases, an entity with a private key, having access to the victim’s network resources, can pretend to be a Windscribe VPN server and capture the traffic of the VPN tunnel passing through it. The Ukrainian government, according to Canadians, has a hypothetical opportunity to impersonate the Windscribe OpenVPN server.
The VPN is now urgently changing the encryption.
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