Several VPN applications for Android are currently being singled out for their dangerousness. Not only do they present major vulnerabilities, but several databases compiling extremely sensitive user information are for sale on obscure forums.
It's not really a secret anymore, between the very numerous cookies, trackers and other tracking tools that can be found on the web, protecting one's privacy on the internet has become a real obstacle course
. That's how the use of VPN, for Virtual Private Network, has been democratized, allowing it to become untraceable on the web, while offering other advantages, such as allowing its users to log in from other parts of the world, and access the American Netflix catalog, for example.
Except that, all these VPN services are not the same, and some of them could even be dangerous for the integrity of your personal data, or even... your banking data. That's what the Cybernews site warns us about, warning us about three applications offering this service on Android: SuperVPN, GeckoVPN and ChatVPN.
All of these apps are free, and one of them, SuperVPN, is particularly popular, with nearly 100 million downloads to its credit. Problem: three important databases compiling very sensitive information from 21 million users of SuperVPN, GeckoVPN and ChatVPN have been on sale on dark web forums.
Among this data, we find information such as the first and last names of the users, their email addresses, data corresponding to the smartphones used to connect, and even banking data. Cybernews even qualifies these applications as extremely dangerous.
SuperVPN already pointed out in the past
The SuperVPN application had already been removed from the Play Store after being identified as malicious by VPNPro researchers. The application allowed hackers "to intercept communications between the user and the provider, and even redirect users to a malicious server.
"At that time, 105 million users were at risk, before the app was removed from the Play Store. Despite this, it finally managed to reappear on Google's store, and it's not alone: a total of six clones of the app have been identified by Cybernews, and they all look very similar and present the same dangers.
Of course, we can't really recommend you to check as soon as possible if one of these applications is on your smartphone and to uninstall them as soon as possible. If, by misfortune, you have installed one of them, you will have to keep your fingers crossed that your data is not present in these databases for sale.
In any case, we advise you to never use free VPNs, which most of the time are inefficient and even dangerous as in the case of SuperVPN.