Dubai Po­lice warn­ing for VPN users

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Dubai Po­lice has said some VPN users are be­ing scammed by hack­ers when they down­load bo­gus ap­pli­ca­tions that ap­pear to be gen­uine. Colonel Salim bin Sal­men, Deputy Direc­tor of the Cy­ber-Crimes Depart­ment, said of­fi­cers have been trawl­ing app stores for sus­pi­cious VPNs that are de­signed to steal per­sonal data from users. Tele­coms op­er­a­tors dis­cour­age the use of VPNs but the ser­vices are not il­le­gal for ei­ther per­sonal users or busi­nesses. If the VPN is used to ac­cess il­le­gal ma­te­rial on­line, how­ever, then the use of the ser­vice be­comes an of­fence. Po­lice would not name any of the sus­pect VPN ser­vices. Sal­men said: “Phone users down­load VPN ap­pli­ca­tions for many rea­sons, like watch­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate sites or to make calls us­ing blocked ap­pli­ca­tions. “But they need to be care­ful. Re­cently we’ve no­ticed many ap­pli­ca­tions can hack your sys­tem and steal per­sonal data like videos and pic­tures. Then that could be used to black­mail the per­son. “Hack­ers up­load the ap­pli­ca­tions onto stores us­ing fake ac­counts. Then they put lots of pos­i­tive com­ments about the ap­pli­ca­tion to con the user into think­ing it’s a se­cure ap­pli­ca­tion.” He added: “But in fact it’s a tool to hack the phone, steal data and get ac­cess to email ac­counts and through that bank­ing de­tails. Peo­ple must be care­ful when they use VPN.”

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