Up and Coming CISA Legislation Will Not Impact VikingVPN Policies

US Congress has passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) and it is awaiting a final vote (the House and Senate versions of the bill must be reconciled and a final vote taken). This is a bill aimed at giving American companies that disclose information "for a cybersecurity purpose" immunity from lawsuits related to violating people's privacy rights.

This legislation is largely aimed at large corporations that deal with "big data" and is being spun as a way to hasten and broaden the United State's ability to respond to cybersecurity threats. This idea is that if a company with sensitive information, such as a hospital with medical records, suffers a serious cybersecurity attack, they can share the information about the attack and the data involved with Federal government authorities and not have to worry about violating laws such as HIPAA for the health care industry. This information about how the intrusion happened could then be shared with other companies that may be vulnerable to similar threats, preventing a widespread compromise of an entire industry with similar security practices and protections.

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VikingVPN Warrant Canary - October 2015

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November 5th 2015

VikingVPN, and it's parent company Viking Connections LLC, from the inception of the company to present day, has not received any of the following:

Requests for information - Civil or Criminal - We have never received a request for information on a specific user, nor any request for bulk user data, nor any request for metadata.

Requests to modify or weaken our services - We have never received a request to change our encryption, our security practices, or our protocols. This includes wiretap orders or implementing methods to identify users on our network.

Requests for private keys - We have never received a request for private VPN server keys, access to our website CA, or any code signing certificates we control. This includes all of our self-signed certificates in the chain used by our VPN network.

Specific Clandestine Warrants - We have never received a request under FISA 702 or Section 215 of the Patriot Act, nor any other clandestine court order.
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Amsterdam Server Cluster Reset - DNS Change

The Amsterdam server cluster has just undergone a full reset in order to correct problems with DNS resolution. The OpenNIC servers in NL that we were using were unreliable and overloaded. We selected new servers to improve performance and stop timeouts when resolving domain names.

If you were disconnected from the service during this process, you should be able to immediately reconnect. Downtime was less than 30 seconds.


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Config Change - European Locations Are Moving to OpenNIC DNS

Due to issues with FreeDNS in the EU, we will be moving our European services over to OpenNIC DNS. This update should have no impact on security or privacy. It will only correct some issues with some domain names not resolving properly on the Bucharest and Amsterdam server clusters.

This update will take place over the course of the next hour, and will require OpenVPN instances to be restarted. Downtime will be less than 1 second. If your connection to VikingVPN is interrupted, you will be able to immediately reconnect and resume using our fast, secure, private services!


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VikingVPN is Expanding to Australia

We are proud to announce an expansion into the southern hemisphere! We have always focused on speed and security, and unfortunately our Aussie friends have been unable to enjoy the benefits of VikingVPN with our servers so far away.

This expansion of our network will give our premium, fast VPN access to our Australian and New Zealander friends in the south Pacific!

With the problematic logging policies that are impacting Australians today, many are turning to VPN services in order to keep their privacy on the internet, now that their internet service providers are required to log their activity and keep that information long-term.

Our goal is to provide them with fast VPN service without having to compromise on speed.

More expansions are in the works! Keep your eyes open for more locations!


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VikingVPN Warrant Canary - September 2015

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VikingVPN, and it's parent company Viking Connections LLC, from the inception of the company to present day, has not received any of the following:

Requests for information - Civil or Criminal - We have never received a request for information on a specific user, nor any request for bulk user data, nor any request for metadata.

Requests to modify or weaken our services - We have never received a request to change our encryption, our security practices, or our protocols. This includes wiretap orders or implementing methods to identify users on our network.

Requests for private keys - We have never received a request for private VPN server keys, access to our website CA, or any code signing certificates we control. This includes all of our self-signed certificates in the chain used by our VPN network.

Specific Clandestine Warrants - We have never received a request under FISA 702 or Section 215 of the Patriot Act, nor any other clandestine court order.
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Policy Reversal - VikingVPN is Creating an Open-Source Custom OpenVPN Client

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At VikingVPN we have always had two main focuses, security and speed. We do not want to be the cheapest VPN at the expense of performance, nor do we want to be the easiest to use if that means compromising security for compatibility or usability.

In the past this has lead us to only using the trusted and currently published open source clients for each device. This is because these clients are created by the people who create the code and the code is compiled by the creators in a verifiable way.

This policy has lead us down a road where a large number of users find our service cumbersome to use. Some users do not have the skills required to manage their certificates, understand revocation, or edit config files if something isn't working as it should. It also makes us slaves to the shortcomings of the default clients, that often have long-standing issues that have gone unpatched for a long time.

Because of these issues, we are reversing our policy on custom clients, and advancing with a Windows Client that will go into open-beta in the near future. It is currently in alpha testing.

This client will have the full source code available for review, so we will maintain the ability to trust and verify the code. It will be a "wrapper" around the official OpenVPN client, meaning that it will use the same source code as the vanilla client, but will be enhanced by us to improve functionality.

Our focus on the first iteration of the Windows client is focused on resolving the following issues:

1. Ease Certificate Management - Allow clients to securely manage their certificates within the app, without directly interfacing with the VikingVPN website.

2. Create Better Error Detection - Allow the app to detect if IP addresses are being managed properly. This is to eliminate problems with permissions and other error detection in the vanilla app. > read more

Updates to Transparency - Digital Signatures - Dual Warrant Canaries

The time has come for us to enhance the integrity of our blogs and increase transparency through digital signatures.

A Signed Statement Warrant Canary

While we have felt in the past that having a "dead man's switch" style warrant canary was sufficient to allay people's concerns about transparency, we have come to realize that the best solution is to both make digitally signed statements and in conjunction use the dead man's switch canary. This gives our user's the option of checking either for reassurance that our services have not been tampered with by any state-level actor.

My concerns in the past have been that I will forget to post one of our warrant canary signed statements and cause a needless panic. Upon reflection I have realized that the dead man's switch canary has the same shortcomings, and that I should simply commit to the maximum amount of transparency possible.

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Chicago Primary DNS Down - Server Reset to Apply Alternatives Tonight CST

The primary DNS server that our Chicago clusters use is down. There is no outage in services as the secondary DNS server is picking up the slack. We are modifying the Primary DNS of all servers in the Chicago cluster to a ensure redundancy and keep services up and running.

No user changes are required as this is a transparent fix.

We will issue a rolling restart with the changes tonight at midnight Central Standard Time.

Only the Chicago cluster will be impacted. Downtime will be less than one second. If you are disconnected from the Chicago cluster around this time, you will be able to immediately reconnect and resume service.

There are no security implications to this change, speeds resolving domains while connected to the Chicago cluster will improve after the change goes live.

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50% Off All Plans This Labor Day Weekend

We are running a labor day sale from now through the holiday weekend!

You will receive 50% off of your subscription for one billing cycle, and enhance your privacy with the most secure and fast VPN.

For all plans, use the coupon code vikinglaborday to receive your discount.

Monthly

https://vikingvpn.com/sign-up/monthly?hascoupon=true

Semi-Annual

https://vikingvpn.com/sign-up/6-month-plan?hascoupon=true

Annual

https://vikingvpn.com/sign-up/annual?hascoupon=true

The sale also applies to our high privacy Bitcoin and Dash customers! Contact support for details.

We rarely run sales and this is your only opportunity to get a discount before Black Friday!

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