VPN app shields online criminals, triggers cyber crimes: Par panel – ET CISO
According to the committee, the VPN services and Dark Web can bypass cyber security walls and allow criminals to remain anonymous online. As of date, VPN can easily be downloaded, as many websites are providing such facilities and advertising them.
“The Committee notes with anxiety the technological challenge posed by VPN services and Dark Web, that can bypass cyber security walls and allow criminals to remain anonymous online. As of date, VPN can easily be downloaded, as many websites are providing such facilities and advertising them,” Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs said in its report.
The committee has also asked the Union government to look into banning the VPN services across the country. “The Committee, therefore, recommends that theshould coordinate with the to identify and permanently block such VPNs with the help of internet service providers.”
The Committee has termed the VPN services as a threat to counter cyber threats and other nefarious activities. The VPN services are used by companies to secure networks and digital assets from hackers.
While these services allow internet users to access content that is blocked in the country and also stay ‘anonymous’ to a certain degree online, the benefits of VPN is immense for companies when it comes to securing networks.
As per some reports, the Par panel has also asked the Centre to develop a mechanism to ensure that these VPNs are blocked permanently. The report said that the committee seeks initiatives to strengthen the tracking and surveillance mechanisms by further improving and developing the state-of-the-art technology, to put a check on the use of VPN and the dark web.