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Law enforcement agencies from the US, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, along with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), announced today the coordinated takedown of Safe-Inet, a popular virtual private network (VPN) service that was used to facilitate criminal activity.

The three domains in question — insorg[.]org, safe-inet[.]com, and safe-inet[.]net — were shut down, and their infrastructure seized as part of a joint investigation called “Operation Nova.”

Europol called Safe-Inet a cybercriminals’ “favourite.”

A crucial reason for the domains’ seizure has been their central role in facilitating ransomware, carrying out web-skimming, spear-phishing, and account takeover attacks.

The service, which comes with support for Russian and English languages and has been active for over a decade, offered “bulletproof hosting services” to website visitors, often at a steep price to the criminal underworld.

As of December 1, the cost of a Pro subscription ranged anywhere between $1.3/day to $190/year for full access to its entire roster of servers.

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