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The Increase In Content Piracy is Fueling Another, Even Bigger Threat

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are popular tools that are often used to access geographically restricted video content and operate anonymously on the internet. However, what many people don’t know is that using a VPN can actually do more harm than good to your privacy. In fact, by using a VPN you might be unwittingly contributing to the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) and other illegal activity online. 


Certain “free” VPNs have included language within their Terms of Use that enables them to re-route services through a customer’s device. This means that the consumers of “free” VPNs have unwittingly compromised their home IP connection. 


These “free” VPNs then sell that customer’s home IP connection to the highest bidder – usually other VPN and Proxy providers that sell ‘undetectable’ residential proxies as a premium service. As a result, criminals are able to use an innocent person’s home internet connection to conduct nefarious activity online, including circulating CSAM.


This threatens the victims of these heinous crimes, the liability of the owner of the home IP address and law enforcement’s ability to conduct investigations and track criminals operating online.


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