As you may or may not know, 911.re (also known as 911 S5), a relatively unknown name in the proxy server landscape, closed its doors permanently on July 28th, 2022. According to the website, the provider has been dealing with hackers and cybercriminals for a couple of years.
The attackers registered countless similar domains, cloned the 911.re website, and even paid for ads on search engines to prey on existing and new customers. They used these sites to steal client accounts and resell them for malicious purposes and abuse of the 911.re proxy network.
Finally, the management discovered that the data on the platform’s server was damaged on July 28th. After closer inspection, they realized the recharge system was hacked, and the data necessary for the service to work properly was lost and unrecoverable.
It’s important to note that things aren’t as clear-cut as they look. A recent investigation into 911 and its services revealed that the provider wasn’t as above-board as it seemed. Apparently, 911 offered a “free VPN” service and used the devices of users who downloaded the app as residential proxies without their knowledge or consent.
To make things even worse, the investigation showed that most of these IP addresses came from US colleges, universities, defense establishments, critical infrastructure sites, and even law enforcement and government networks. It also found evidence of 911 masking its software as updates for popular video software, including Media Player and Flash Player.
Finally, it’s important to note that 911 was widely popular on cybercrime blogs, gaining a dramatic number of customers twice in the last year. First in August of 2021, when a competing service VIP72 went out of business, and again in January this year, after the disappearance of LuxSocks, another rival.
The moral of this story is clear – if a deal sounds too good to be true, it definitely is too good to be true. Many shady proxy services lure in new clients by offering ridiculously cheap (or even free) services. There’s always a catch they don’t tell you about, and that catch usually means compromising your sensitive data.
The only way to avoid these headaches is to use a legitimate, ethical, and fair proxy service that puts the client first. If you need to ensure that your devices, internet connection, IP address, and sensitive personal information are safe from cybercriminals and shady services like 911, IPRoyal has you covered.
At IPRoyal, we strongly believe that transparency and ethical conduct are vital for developing a strong and trustworthy service. We are focused on the safety and privacy of our clients and their sensitive data, and we don’t cut corners when it comes to security. More importantly, our services are 100% legitimate and ethically sourced.
We take great pride in our Pawns program. Unlike 911’s shady practices, we developed a system that allows anyone to share their internet connection in our global pool of residential proxies and get compensated for it. Our users agree to share their internet connection with us and can stop using the platform whenever they want. This way, countless individuals around the globe can turn their bandwidth into cash, and our clients get authentic residential proxies in over 180 countries.
Our residential proxy prices are among the lowest in the market. This is a deal that’s ALMOST too good to be true. We offer generous discounts on bulk orders, and the residential traffic never expires, so it’s a great option for individuals as well as large corporate users. We also offer dedicated datacenter proxies, sneaker proxies, and static residential proxies with unlimited bandwidth and threads at prices everyone can afford.