On 8 July, Tech Radar reported that the founder of a VPN, Ben Van Pelt, may be facing up to 5 years of jail time after being named as the prime accused in a fraud case in Greece. He is being held personally liable after an anonymous user tried to make online purchases for about €2,000 with a stolen credit card in December 2018. It says that VPN services are getting more and more popular, but along with protecting people’s online privacy and anonymity from internet snoopers, such tools can also be misused to carry out illegal activities on the web. Although Van Pelt denies the allegations, whether or not he will manage to come out unharmed, the Greek fraud case against TorGuard is likely to set a precedent for the VPN industry.
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