Thursday , July 9 2020

Private Internet Access VPN to be acquired by malware company founded by former Israeli spy, Hacker News


By: ArcVRArthur t.me/s/ArcVRArthurBlog

The following article contains quotes and links meant to inform VPN consumers concerning the ownership, affiliations, and past business practices of Kape Technologies (formerly known as Crossrider) in light of their acquisition of Private Internet Access VPN.

Private Internet Access is in the process of being acquired by Kape Technologies.

Kape Technologies is better known by the name under which they were formerly incorporated – “Crossrider” but make no mistake they are the same company which became notorious as an adware / malware producer.

[VPNPro] Private Internet Access announces merger with Kape Technologies:

Original:https: // vpnpro.com/blog/private-internet-access-announces-merger-with-kape-technologies-in-latin /
Archived:https://archive.md/xyA9Z#selection- .0 – 755. 140

Kape Technologies was originally known as Crossrider until the name change in 2018. The reason for that was, as CEO Ido Erlichman put it, “strong association to the past activities of the company.” Perhaps that refers to infecting users’ devices with malware and adware, considered “high-risk” by Symantec and Malwarebytes. If that wasn’t enough, Crossrider’s Founder and first CEO Koby Menachemi, was part of Unit 8200 – something that can be called Israeli NSA. Another key person, Teddy Sagi, who is the main investor in both Crossrider and Kape Technologies, ismentioned in the Panama Papers.

Okay, there are several pieces of information here each of which we must parse and inspect separately. Firstly let’s look at the block of text pertaining to Crossrider (Kape Technologies) and it’s history with malware / adware.

Kape Technologies was originally known as Crossrider until the name change in 2018. The reason for that was, as CEO Ido Erlichman put it, “strong association to the past activities of the company.” Perhaps that refers to infecting users’ devices with malware and adware, considered “high-risk” by Symantec and Malwarebytes.

So what exactly is the Crossrider malware / adware?

The following two links are archived from Symantec’s website and MalwareByte’s website providing their descriptions for the Crossrider malware / adware.

[MalwareBytes] Adware.CrossRider

Original:https://blog.malwarebytes.com/detections/adware-crossrider
Archived:https://archive.ph/R3znj#selection- 1229 .0 – 1233. 133

Adware.CrossRider is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a large family ofadwaretargeting both Windows and macOS systems. CrossRider offers a highly configurable method for its clients to monetize their software.

[Symantec] Adware .Crossid:
Original:https://www.symantec.com/security-center/writeup/ 2012 – 060803 – 0143 – 99
Archived:https: // archive. ph / lRxPr # selection – 0 – 4361. 115

Risk impact:High
Systems affected:Windows
Behavior
Adware.Crossid is a security risk that displays advertisements in certain social networking sites and Web browsers.

Now that we have seen Crossrider (Kape Technologies) has a non-trivial track record of producing malicious software let’s now examine the next section of text from the ProVPN article.

If that wasn’t enough, Crossrider’s Founder and first CEO Koby Menachemi, was part of Unit 8200 – something that can be called Israeli NSA.

What is Unit 8200?

[Infogalactic] Unit 8200:
Original:https://infogalactic.com/info/Unit_ 8200
Archived:https://archive.ph/HVkMS#selection- .0 – (****************************************************************************************. 3

Unit 8200(Hebrew: יחידה 8200, Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim) is an Israeli Intelligence ence Corps unit responsible for collecting signal intelligence (SIGINT) and code decryption. It also appears in military publications as theCentral Collection Unit of the Intelligence Corpsand is sometimes referred to asIsraeli SIGINT National Unit(ISNU).

Koby Menachemi – Founder of Crossrider,
formerly of Israel’s IDF signals intelligence task force “Unit 8200 “.

Lastly let’s examine the last block of text pertaining to the major shareholder in Crossrider (Kape Technologies).

Another ke y person, Teddy Sagi, who is the main investor in both Crossrider and Kape Technologies, ismentioned in the Panama Papers.

[Forbes] These Ex-Israeli Surveillance Agents Hijack Your Browser To Profit From Ads
Original:https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/ 2015 / 06 / 09 / from-israel-unit – 8200 – to-ad-men /
Archived:
ht tps: //archive.ph/4bPzQ

Teddy Sagi’s net worth is around $ 3.5 billion.

According to the above Forbes article:

One of the biggest is Crossrider, the majority stake of which is held by billionaireTeddy Sagi, a serial entrepreneur and ex-con who wasjailed for insider trading in the 1990.

I am a PIA customer. What can I do from here?

Ultimately whether or not you trust Crossrider ( Kape Technologies) as well as it’s shareholders with the operation of your VPN is a personal decision and it is certainly one which can be seen as having no correct answer. Is it possible that Crossrider (Kape Technologies) will operate PIA without interference or malicious intention? It certainly is. However having said that as a privacy minded VPN customer like myself you might also consider some possible alternatives if the above information I have provided has cast any doubt in your mind concerning the new management at Private Internet Access.

I am not sure how objective any of the following guides are on the subject but so far these resources appear to be a reasonably good starting point for finding a new VPN provider:
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https://torrentfreak.com/vpn-services-anonymous-review- 2017 – 170304 /

https://torrentfreak.com / vpn-services-keep-anonymous – 2018 /
https://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-services-keep-you-anonymous-in- 2019 /

If you have any specific comments, recommendations, or questions pertaining to any of the above material I can be reached att.me/dopefishon Telegram ortwitter.com/arcvrarthuron Twitter.

I wish you all luck in your hunt for a new VPN!

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