Chinese authorities continue operations against unauthorized VPN services that are very popular in the country.
China continues to intensify the monitoring of the cyberspace applying and persecution of VPN services that could be used to bypass its censorship system known as the Great Firewall.
The Great Firewall project already blocked access to more hundreds of the world’s 1,000 top websites, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox.
Since early 2019, the Chinese authorities have started banning “unauthorized” VPN services, any company offering such type of service in the country must obtain an appropriate license from the government.
In December, the Chinese authorities have sentenced a man to five-and-a-half years in prison for selling a VPN service without the authorization.
According to an announcement from China’s Procuratorate Daily the man was also fined 500,000 yuan ($76,000). Prosecutors said the man was convicted of collecting “illegal revenue” of 792,638 yuan ($120,500) from his unauthorized activity.
Now media reports a new arrest made by Chinese authorities in the city of Taizhou, the police arrested a man with the pseudonym of Gao (29) that successfully operated VPN service since mid-2016. Gao has made more than 11 million Chinese yuan ($1.6 million) from renting access to VPN servers to more than 28,000 regular customers, he pleaded guilty in 2019 and is still awaiting the final sentence.
In December 2017, Chinese authorities sentenced a man from Dongguan to nine months in prison for operating a VPN service that allowed him to earn $2,000. Other criminal cases were reported by Chinese authorities in the following months, blocked services had thousands of customers in the country.
In July 2019, in compliance with the Chinese Internet monitoring law, Apple has started removing all IOS VPN apps from it App Store in China.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.