This morning users of PureVPN received an email, apparently from the founder of PureVPN saying that all account have been closed, all bank accounts siezed, and all user data has been handed over to authorities.
Later on they sent a second email and confirmed on twitter that this is apparently fake.
And another email was received from the PureVPN founder saying that the email is fake.
While apparently no data has been handed over to authorities, the email address of all users has apparently been stolen which is highly worrying. PureVPN might say that they haven’t handed over any data to authorities, but the hacker might have quite easily if that was his goal.
More likely this is an attempt to discredit PureVPN, which has definitely worked as this type of hacking hugely compromises the trust that users have put into PureVPN.
As of this morning BestVPN.com has removed PureVPN from our top list, and will be removing PureVPN from many other recommendation pages. We do not recommend you use them, clearly their security is not as good as they thought.