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
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).
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 July 2019, in compliance with the Chinese Internet monitoring law, Apple has started removing all IOS VPN apps from it App Store in China.