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Cyberstalking Suspect Arrested After VPN Providers Shared Logs With the FBI


VPN providers often advertise their products as a method of surfing the web anonymously, claiming they never store logs of user activity, but a recent criminal case shows that at least some, do store user activity logs.

The case in question is of Ryan Lin, a 24-year-old man from Newton, Massachusetts, arrested on Thursday, October 5, on charges of cyberstalking.

According to an FBI affidavit published by the US Department of Justice, Lin is accused of harassing and cyberstalking an unnamed 24-year-old woman — referred to under the generic name of Jennifer Smith — between April 2016 and up until his arrest.

It all started with a Craigslist ad

The two met after Lin answered a Craigslist ad and moved in with Smith and her two other roommates. The FBI says that soon after Lin moved in with Smith, she was the victim of multiple hacking, harassing, and cyberstalking incidents.

Investigators believe that Lin got access to passwords of some of Smith's online profiles because Smith...(continued)

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