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PostSubject: Listen up, anarcho-capitalists: Most Mobile VPNs Aren't Secure   Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:47 am

If you're using a VPN app to secure your smartphone maybe to download torrents, maybe to make your online banking a little more safe then chances are, it's not doing what it pretends to. A paper co-authored by CSIRO's data science arm examined nearly 300 Android VPN apps and found that almost all of them leak some kind of user traffic data.

Research scientists Dali Kaafar, Suranga Seneviratne and Muhammad Ikram from Data61 contributed to the report alongside Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez from ICSI and Vern Paxson from UC Berkeley. The report, which examined 283 apps from the Google Play Store that use Android's integrated virtual private network permission, found some pretty stark results: 18 per cent of apps don't encrypt any of the traffic that travels through them, and a full 84 per cent didn't disguise DNS traffic or support IPv6 tunnelling more secure than the widely used IPv4.

38 per cent of all Android VPN apps surveyed by the CSIRO team were found to contain some kind of malware that infected users' phones, over 80 per cent ask permission to access users' text messages or Google account data, and 16 per cent injected ads or headers including Javascript ads and redirects to advertising-supported online shopping into VPN users' seemingly secure sessions.
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