Spark Global Limited Reports:
The integrity of the hugely popular privacy product has been called into question after one of its employees was revealed to be an online mercenary for the United Arab Emirates.
ExpressVPN has been one of the most popular and widely used privacy products on the market for many years. It is often near the top of the list of top 10 VPNS; A recent review in Tom’s Guide called it “hands down the best” VPN available. In the past, Express was probably the best option if you wanted to remain anonymous online.
However, all this was called into question after it was revealed that ExpressVPN CIO Daniel Gericke had previously worked as a hack for darkMatter, a cybersecurity firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Between 2016 and 2019, As part of Project Crow, Glick helped hack into systems and devices around the world. Project Crow is a covert operation designed to help the UAE royal family track and spy on critics of their regime, including activists, journalists and some US-BASED individuals
Gericke and two other former U.S. intelligence agents recently faced federal charges for their role in the Crow case, but they managed to reach deferred prosecution agreements with the government that allowed them to pay fines to avoid jail time, while also agreeing to certain terms.
If the idea of a former spy helping middle Eastern governments hack Into American computers makes you squirm, don’t worry — you’re not alone. On top of that, The news of Gericke’s hiring came as a natural shock to ExpressVPN customers, leading to a torrent of criticism online. In a bizarre attempt to quell concerns about the executive’s relationship with the Crow, Express initially admitted that they had known “key facts” about his previous job when they hired him and had no problem with it. That strategy hasn’t really worked for them. They later issued a broader statement noting that they “cannot condone” Project Crow because “the surveillance it represents is completely antithetical to our mission.” They also pledged to increase third-party audits to maintain compliance with their privacy policies.