PIA - Russia VPN Notification

This topic was created by Common-Sense .

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    PIA - Russia VPN Notification

    Not sure if I'm posting in correct section here but thought it would be wise to notify people of an email message received from PIA 12/7/16 concerning it's servers in Russia:

    "To Our Beloved Users,

    The Russian Government has passed a new law that mandates that every provider must log all Russian internet traffic for up to a year. We believe that due to the enforcement regime surrounding this new law, some of our Russian Servers (RU) were recently seized by Russian Authorities, without notice or any type of due process. We think it’s because we are the most outspoken and only verified no-log VPN provider.

    Luckily, since we do not log any traffic or session data, period, no data has been compromised. Our users are, and will always be, private and secure.

    Upon learning of the above, we immediately discontinued our Russian gateways and will no longer be doing business in the region.

    To make it clear, the privacy and security of our users is our number one priority. For preventative reasons, we are rotating all of our certificates. Furthermore, we’re updating our client applications with improved security measures to mitigate circumstances like this in the future, on top of what is already in place. In addition, our manual configurations now support the strongest new encryption algorithms including AES-256, SHA-256, and RSA-4096.

    All Private Internet Access users must update their desktop clients at https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/client-support/ and our Android App at Google Play. Manual openvpn configurations users must also download the new config files from the client download page.

    We have decided not to do business within the Russian territory. We’re going to be further evaluating other countries and their policies.

    In any event, we are aware that there may be times that notice and due process are forgone. However, we do not log and are default secure against seizure.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at helpdesk@privateinternetaccess.com.

    Thank you for your continued support and helping us fight the good fight.


    Private Internet Access Team"

  2. jessicabrobert

    As you mention above "We think it’s because we are the most outspoken and only verified no-log VPN provider." which is your real potential but I have found another one which promises of no log. https://www.purevpn.com/no-log-vpn

  3. Dudley-Smith

    Does Google hate VPNs?

    Why do I have to verify that I am human when using Google search while connected to my VPN? And why do I have to do that multiple times each session (ie, same VPN IP)? Is it that Google hates VPNs? It's really annoying, as are the capcha images displayed so small the boat/bus/traffic lights I'm supposed to identify could be in each image, or not.

    Below the pissed off tone is a serious question: why is it so, and can it be avoided?

    TIA for any insightful answers.

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon