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U.S. Senators Concerned by Government Employees’ Use of Foreign VPNs

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Two U.S. Senators expressed their concern that federal government employees could be undermining the United States’ national security by using VPNs made by foreign companies.

In a letter dated 7 February 2019, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) brought up the issue of VPN usage in the federal government to Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

They note how millions of users have downloaded VPNs over the past few years as these apps have grown in popularity. Of particular concern to them are those programs made by companies in foreign countries “that do not share American interests or values.” Their fear is that foreign governments hostile to the United States could use those VPNs to target federal employees and thereby conduct surveillance of the American government.

The two Senators therefore call on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take action. As quoted in their letter:

…[W]e urge...(continued)
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