VPN provider Private Internet Access has pulled out of Russia after Tsar Vlad Putin decided he wanted to spy on it all its traffic.
Apparently some of the company’s Russian servers were seized by coppers for not complying with the rules, which ask providers to log and hold all Russian internet traffic and session data for up to a year.
Writing in its bog, Private Internet Access said that the servers were stolen without any type of due process. However, if the authorities thought they might pick up some juicy data on people who don’t like the glorious reign of Tsar Putin, or some details of a top secret chocolate cake being manufactured by Mary Berry, they were disappointed.
The provider assured users that as it does not log any traffic or session data, no information was compromised – ‘Our users are, and will always be, private and secure.’
One Putin’s minions swooped the company immediately removed its Russian availability and announced that it would no longer be operating in the region. It was updating all of its certificates and client applications ‘with improved security measures to mitigate circumstances like this in the future, on top of what is already in place.’
Users must now update their desktop clients, and noted that its manual configurations now support the ‘strongest new encryption algorithms including AES-256, SHA-256, and RSA-4096.’