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Submitted by In2iti0n 443d ago | news

Mastercard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers

TorrentFreak: Following the introduction of restrictions against file-sharing services, Mastercard and Visa have now started to take action against VPN providers. This week, Swedish payment provider Payson cut access to anonymizing services after being ordered to do so by the credit card companies. VPN provider iPredator is one of the affected customers and founder Peter Sunde says that they are considering legal action to get the service unblocked. (Industry, Mastercard, Services, Visa, VPN, Web)

In2iti0n  +   443d ago
I'm pretty dismayed to read this. If you regularly connect to random wireless networks in cafes and hotels, you're a moron if you don't connect through a VPN.

If you're not connecting through a VPN all your non-SSL/TLS traffic is available for reading for whatever bored cracker has found his way onto the router. Plus, not all sensitive sites implement SSL/TLS and those that do often implement it poorly.

Not to even speak of the whole NSA spying thing.
Nucky  +   443d ago
You can't quite skip the "whole NSA spying thing" even if you used VPN.
garythetechnut  +   443d ago
This is a ridiculous move by the credit card companies...
Draper  +   443d ago
They're gonna start seeing consequences soon enough.
In2iti0n  +   443d ago
Well, if they don't, that would mean they can do whatever they please with their users. And that's never good.
Soldierone  +   443d ago
NSA probably said something to them....
kingPoS  +   443d ago
I think they were lobbied (with a blunt clubs) into singing a different tune regarding VPN's. It all sounds so heavy handed.
spartanlemur  +   442d ago
So people will just switch to using other types of cards. If all the big ones follow suit, a smaller specialist company will set up shop, and anyone clued up enough to even use a VPN in the first place will switch to them. Stupid move.
kingPoS  +   442d ago
Might even help to raise bitcoin's popularity.

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