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UK-headquartered Kape Technologies announced on Monday it has acquired ExpressVPN in a $936m (£675m) cash and stocks deal, a move it claims will double its customer base to at least six million. In a canned statement, Kape said combining the two companies would "create a premium consumer privacy and security player," and that …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    leopards and spots

    something about leopards and spots comes to mind for some reason?

    1. Kane Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: leopards and spots

      "something about leopards and spots comes to mind for some reason?"

      A leopard can't change its shorts.

      1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

        Re: leopards and spots

        No, but it can eat yours.

        Where is the Bart Simpson icon?

      2. HildyJ Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: leopards and spots

        +1 for Discworld quote.

    2. devin3782

      Re: leopards and spots

      Beware the leopard?

  2. Michael Hoffmann
    Joke

    This is fine!

    With a last name like Erlichman, which is after all German for "honest man", I see no reason to doubt them!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This is fine!

      Nobody who speaks german could possibly be evil!

  3. Lars Silver badge
    Coat

    More like a Sponsored article

    "generally known for being one of the best"

    "to form the global leader in digital privacy.", with six million users.

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    2. JDPower666

      Re: More like a Sponsored article

      Careful, that's the sort of insinuation that gets you banned on here.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ExpressVPN is generally known for being one of the best VPN providers

    is it your opinion, or a statement supported by numerous, independent sources?

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: ExpressVPN is generally known for being one of the best VPN providers

      The ExpressVPN devices are very reliable.

  5. newspuppy

    Follow the Money...

    So.. doubling user base to 6 Million... Implies they are buying 3 Million users.. at a cost of $300/user.

    ok..

    Now calculate revenue and profit that these users may bring....

    "most popular plan" is $100/year for ExpressVPN VPN service... so.. Kape Technologies is paying 3* GROSS ANNUAL REVENUE .

    How can this make sense? They can watch all your traffic (so much easier with a VPN) and build up profiles.. that they can sell adverts to....

    Tragic....

  6. Lotaresco

    Oh c*ck. I like ExpressVPN because it's easy to use on my laptop when travelling and using public WiFi access points. I suspect my paranoia will now cause me to go elsewhere.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      All your vpns are belonging to us now

    2. katrinab Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      I run my own VPN at home.

      But then I generally want to access resources on my home network, so that is the only way to do it.

  7. idiot taxpayer here again

    From the article

    "We can well imagine the use of VPNs around the world has grown with the COVID-era surge in time spent stuck at home online as folks seek to swerve geo-blocking and so on."

    Swerve geo-blocking. An interesting way of spelling "find new sources of porn".

    1. katrinab Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: From the article

      Is porn geo-blocked? I thought it was more things like BBC iPlayer and its equivalents in other countries?

  8. Adelio Silver badge

    Beware

    Reasonably satisfied with the service BUTTTTTT

    If Express VPN starts flinging adverts then I will be flinging Express VPN down the toilet.

    My ONLY complaint has been with it's use with my Synology NAS. I Have to drop and reconnect the VPN connection every few days as it just dies.

  9. Snorlax

    Hmmm

    It appears that one of the head honchos of ExpressVPN, Daniel Gericke, may be the same Daniel Gericke who was charged by US authorities today for hacking US citizens on behalf of the UAE government.

    https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-spying-raven/

    https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.235544/gov.uscourts.dcd.235544.1.0.pdf

    https://github.com/expressvpn-dan-g

    https://twitter.com/msuiche/status/1222168162361278464

  10. Twilight

    Well, I really hope this is on the up-and-up. My ExpressVPN annual subscription literally renewed 1-2 weeks ago...

    1. julian.smith
      Big Brother

      Hope springs eternal

      "I really hope this is on the up-and-up."

      Brace yourself

      LMAO

  11. PapaD

    I'm guessing i may be switching VPN provider too

    I'm half way through my current subscription - renews April 2022, so i'll give them until then, before making my decision.

  12. Sub 20 Pilot

    Meme merde, jour difference.

    I am not an IT tech in any way but I would say that in general, any small successful outfit has a potential few years to become really good at what they do. Then the arseholes and parasites buy them out and either kill them off as potential competitors or turn them into a bag of useless shite.

    Anything bought up by Google, MS or FB will suffer this fate. Fucking parasites the lot of them.

    Very sad.

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