GeoGuard and WhoisXML API Partnership: The Dark Side of VPN Use Explored
Virtual private networks (VPNs) were originally designed to let users access their home or work networks remotely. Nowadays, VPNs are also commonly used to hide users’ identities and protect their privacy.
But not all VPN users are privacy protection advocates—some of them may actually have nefarious purposes in mind. A collaborative study between GeoGuard and WhoisXML API entitled “Not All VPN Users Are Worth Trusting, a Lesson for Cloud Service Providers” looked at possible VPN drawbacks more closely.
The research aimed to detect malicious IP addresses in IP blocks associated with VPN usage. The findings could serve as a warning to both cloud users and service providers.