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Old 05-29-2015, 06:30 PM
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Default Beware of Hola plugin (May 2015)

It's been known for some time that the Hola Proxy plugin was suspicious. Now here is why.
This is why many people will run older versions of free software when that software becomes greedy and modify the terms of services without telling the users that fact.


https://www.dslreports.com/shownews/...anigans-133972
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A free VPN provider by the name of Hola is under fire for using its customers' connections as exit nodes in a private network, potentially exposing them to having their connections and IP addresses involved in illegal or abusive activities.

Hola's 9.7 million customers mostly use the company's service and browser plugin as a way to bypass Netflix geolocation restrictions, allowing them to stream Netflix content in markets Netflix hasn't officially launched in yet.

But these customers apparently weren't told their connections would be used as exit nodes to fuel a paid anonymity service owned by Hola dubbed Luminati, which has marketed itself as a "larger, faster and more anonymous" version of Tor.
https://8ch.net/hola.html
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When a user installs Hola, he becomes a VPN endpoint, and other users of the Hola network may exit through his internet connection and take on his IP. This is what makes it free: Hola does not pay for the bandwidth that its VPN uses at all, and there is no user opt out for this. On the other hand, with the Tor onion router, users must specifically opt in to be exit nodes and are aware that completely anonymous traffic can pass through their connections, which means they should be ready for abuse reports for child porn, spam, copyrighted content and other ills that come with the territory.

Hola was created by the Israeli corporation Hola Networks Limited at the end of 2012, and at first was just the VPN service. However, Hola has gotten greedy. They recently (late 2014) realized that they basically have a 9 million IP strong botnet on their hands, and they began selling access to this botnet...

https://torrentfreak.com/hola-vpn-se...dwidth-150528/
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Hola generates revenue by selling a premium service to customers through its Luminati brand. The resources and bandwidth for the Luminati product are provided by Hola users’ computers when they are sitting idle. In basic terms, Hola users get their service for free as long as they’re prepared to let Hola hand their resources to Luminati for resale. Any users who don’t want this to happen can buy Hola for $5 per month.


http://www.cnet.com/news/security-re...secure-botnet/
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A group of coders and security researchers has claimed that one of the world's most popular free VPN services is an insecure network that has been on-selling users' bandwidth and opening up their devices, giving "anybody" easy access.



An analysis of the Hola
http://blog.vectranetworks.com/blog/...alysis-of-hola
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Recently a popular privacy and unblocker application known as Hola has been gaining attention from the security community for a variety of vulnerabilities and highly questionable practices that allow the service to essentially behave as a botnet-for-hire through its sister service called Luminati. Vectra researchers have been looking into this application after observing it in customer networks over the past several weeks, and the results are both intriguing and troubling. In addition to its various botnet-enabling functions that are now part of the public record, the Hola application contains a variety of features that make it an ideal platform for executing targeted cyber attacks.
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