Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried was banned by a court from using a VPN after reportedly using a private network to watch the Super Bowl while on probation.
VPN, also known as Virtual Private Network, allows users to set up a virtual private network that is different from one on the Internet. Sam Bankman-Fried’s use of a VPN has raised concerns that US authorities will not be able to see the websites he visits and the data he sends and receives.
US Judge Lewis Kaplan said:
“The defendant’s use of a VPN poses many of the same risks as if he were using a calling or messaging app like before.
I hereby amend the conditions of your release, effective immediately, to prohibit you from using any VPN.”
Accordingly, Bankman-Fried’s lawyer said on February 14 that the former CEO used a VPN to watch the AFC and NFC Rugby Championship on January 29, and watched the Super Bowl on February 12. In addition, Sam Bankman-Fried has access to an international subscription NFL Game Pass he purchased while living in the Bahamas.
Previously, as Cointelegraph reported, Sam Bankman-Fried was banned from using the secret messaging app Signal after being discovered. tried to contact former FTX manager to influence testimony. Left, the former CEO is still allowed to use messaging apps to communicate, including FaceTime, Zoom, iMessage, SMS, email, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (with tracking software).
This move took place when the lawyer side was renegotiating the Guarantee conditions worth 250 million USD of Bankman-Fried with the prosecutor. The lawyers requested an extension of the provision proposal to February 17, but the judge disagreed and set the proposal to be sent on February 15 and then debated the matter on the afternoon of February 16. 02.
During this time, Sam Bankman-Fried is also barred from contacting current or former FTX employees until the bail conditions are fulfilled.