Hidemyass not always
Hidemyass.com is one of the most popular web proxy servers in the world which allows people to surf the net anonymously. Hidemyass says on its website: “In this day and age of hackers, censorship, online identity theft, people spying and monitoring your online activities, your online privacy has never been so important. Our aim is to provide easy to use services that help protect your online identity and privacy.”
UK-based Hidemyass is particularly important to Indians because it draws (according to Alexa) most of its traffic from India, followed by USA and United Kingdom.
Hidemyass has made a public statement on how they have handed over, after a Court order, to UK and US Police, details of a Lulzsec hacker who used their services to hack Sony. This led to the arrest of the hacker.
We have received concerns by users that our VPN service was utilized by a member or members of the hacktivist group ‘lulzsec’. Lulzsec have been ALLEGEDLY been responsible for a number of high profile cases such as:
- The hacking of the Sony Playstation network which compromised the names, passwords, e-mail addresses, home addresses and dates of birth of thousands of people.
- The DDOS attack which knocked the British governments SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) and other government websites offline.
- The release of various sensitive and confidential information from companies such as AT&T, Viacom, Disney, EMI, NBC Universal, and AOL.
- Gaining access to NATO servers and releasing documents regarding the communication and information services (CIS) in Kosovo.
- The defacement of British newspaper websites The Sun & The Times.
- The hacking of 77 law enforcement sheriff websites.
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