Wikileaks ISP refuses data hand-out to Swedish government

ISP Bahnhof has come up with a way to bypass Sweden’s European Data Retention Directive.

The plans will come as good news to users, but cyber-security groups have warned that the ISP could become a haven for those using the internet for dodgier dealings.

The Swedish ISP, hosts Wikileaks, has, according to TorrentFreak,  announced that it will run all customer traffic through an encrypted VPN service. This means that logging what their users get up to will be impossible for now and will prevent law enforcement agencies from being able to retrieve information on users’ activities.

In 2009, Sweden introduced the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED), which gave rights holders the power to request the personal details of alleged copyright infringers.

However, with Bahnof not providing data, there are no details to give.

A source at a systems security outfit with high clearance tells TechEye: “This, in theory, will work to some advantage for customers but the question is whether the company has really thought this through.

“While the ISP is claiming that it trying to protect its customer’s data there is a possibility that it could become the must have place for people who want to use the internet for untoward activities, which could in-turn make it a haven for terror activities and serial pirates.

“Bahnhof  needs to ensure it finds the right balance between customer data and those who could misuse the policies.”

He also warned that the unique methods could make the ISP a target to hackers who will see it as a challenge to break into the system, while law enforcement agencies will try to disband the idea or hire their own hackers to bring the system down.

Customers who want their data to be made public do have the option to do this. However, they will have to pay  around $8.00 per month extra for the privilege.