China Cracks Down On VPN Services After Censorship System ‘Upgrade’

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China is cracking down on VPNs, software that allows internet users to access Twitter, Facebook, Gmail and others services blocked in the country, according to state media and service providers.

People’s Daily reports that China’s ‘Great Firewall’ internet censorship system was “upgraded for cyberspace sovereignty”, a move that affected the usage of at least three popular VPN services and attacked others with more vigor than usual.

Strong VPN noted on its blog that it is suffering “connection issues” from China, while TunnelBear told TechCrunch it is investigating after reports from some China-based customers who “have been less successful in connecting over the last few weeks.”

Furthermore, Astrill, a service that is well used by China’s expat and business community, this week alerted users of issues with its iOS client.

An employee at Astrill reportedly told People’s Daily…

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