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A hacker gained access to a old backup server, and thankfully the impact is minimal.

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UPDATE 7/2: Further information regarding the LimeVPN hack has been uncovered by Restore Privacy, and downgrades the severity of the breach considerably.

Further discussions with LimeVPN have revealed the claim of 69,000 users being affected was actually an activity log total, with the number of live user accounts closer to 800. LimeVPN also confirmed their website has not been hacked and the claim of all private keys being leaked is false. In reality, 25 WireGuard keys used for beta testing were taken. LimeVPN says, "We have reset all access credentials, shut down wire guard servers and separating our billing infra from marketing info."

The claim that payment information was stolen is also apparently false, with LimeVPN stating it was only transaction data stored, not actual card or payment details. And as for leaked passwords, they are the autogenerated passwords for connecting to the VPN and were all "immediately suspended."

Any LimeVPN customer concerned about this hack and the security of their personal information is encouraged to get in touch with LimeVPN directly if they have specific questions and to read the Restore Privacy article linked to above for the most up-to-date and detailed breakdown of the breach.


Original Story:

Using a virtual private network (VPN) is meant to help keep you safe and anonymous online, but what happens if that VPN gets hacked? In the case of LimeVPN, it means over 69,000 users have had their personal information stolen and put up for sale to the highest bidder.

As PrivacySharks reports, LimeVPN confirmed that its backup server was hacked and its website is down. If you attempt to visit the website, it's likely to be blocked by your security software warning of a trojan, so best not to try. PrivacySharks also talked to the hacker who allegedly breached the server, who confirmed they also took the website offline and initially gained access through a security hole.

All of LimeVPN's customers are now at risk because the backup server included a database of their details including username, email address, and password alongside payment information. LimeVPN uses the Web Hosting Billing and Automation service known as WHMCS to handle payments. Also of serious concern is the fact the hacker claims to hold the private key of every user, meaning any traffic passing through LimeVPN can potentially be decrypted.

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The records held by the hacker are thought to be for more than 69,400 customers. A user called slashx initially listed the database for sale on the RaidForums a few days ago for $400 in Bitcoin. However, at the time it was thought only 10,000 records had been grabbed. With the total now closer to 70,000, a "much higher price" has apparently been set.

There's very little LimeVPN customers can do other than stop using the VPN service (there are many alternatives available), take action to protect whatever payment method/bank details were used to pay for the service, and be on alert for possible identity theft. LimeVPN claims to have a "no-logs" policy, which should mean no record of past activity is available on the breached server, but continued use of the service could create a log now the hacker is in possession of those private keys.

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