We have statistics regarding the requests we have received so far from investigation authorities, individuals and companies. If we consider this figure to be a standard for the abusive usage, we must say that the illegal usage of the service is very low. For example, in 2008 we only received 32 requests to investigate crime suspects, 177 requests in 2009, and 99 in 2010, all this taking into account that the number of users has increased almost four times, from 160,000 in 2008 to approximately 600,000 in 2010. Currently, CyberGhost VPN has over 1.5 million account holders, and the number of crimes reported is still low. It is obvious that a very low percentage of our users commit crimes on the Internet.
The conclusion stands even if, instead of the number of requests received, we take as a standard the seriousness of the crimes committed by abusively using the service. Most of the requests report petty crimes, for example frauds in the merchandise field, a very low number of requests covering serious crimes, and none of them targeting terrorism acts.
As above, newer statistics show the same trend, as can be investigated in our Transparency Report, published on the CyberGhost homepage.