CypherCon 2022

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not on a VPN anymore

Jonathan Tomek

Abstract:

You are savvy enough to have a virtual private network aka VPN. Maybe you did a bit of research and bought one that lets you be “anonymous” and lets you stream your favorite streaming service from anywhere while you travel. How well do you trust your VPN provider? Have you considered that your VPN provider could be doing things you didn’t expect? Consumer VPNs, free VPNs, even VPNs that pay you! We will dig into what some VPN providers are doing.

We analyzed hundreds of VPNs and their services to give you a deeper understanding of what actually is happening behind the scenes. You could be supporting malware, or worse. This may be a talk you don’t want to hear, but you will come out of it with a much better understanding of the world that says it is here to protect you.

Jonathan Tomek

Found smiling at registration!

Jonathan Tomek serves as VP of Research and Development with Digital Envoy, parent company of Digital Element. His expertise is in threat intelligence, network forensics, incident handling, and malware analysis.

He is a co-founder of THOTCON and CTF creator. You may remember him from such films as The Sake Bomb or Hackers Go West! Part Deux. They call me Stallion. Just kidding, you can find him on Twitter: @sakebomb