20 Dec Researchers Reveal HOLA’s Privacy Shortcomings
Researchers at Trend Micro recently revealed that HOLA, a popular free VPN service, failed to mask the digital footprint of its users.
While company offers a paid service, users can also opt for the free service where they have to contribute “idle resources” of their computers to create a “community powered” peer-to-peer (P2P) network. However, the software does not use encryption, which makes it leak the IP addresses of its users, making it vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.
The researchers also found that users of the VPN do not really share Internet connections with each other; but rather, the traffic is routed only through roughly 1,000 exit nodes in data centers.