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China cracks down further on VPNs as censorship intensifies: The Register

| By: Dan McDevitt

From the article: “China’s government is cracking down further on the use of virtual private networks to circumnavigate its Great Firewall, as part of the ongoing game of whack-a-mole between censors and an increasingly tech-savvy population.

Charlie Smith, co-founder of the censorship in China monitoring site GreatFire.org, said there has been a significant increase in the usage of VPN services over the last year.

‘This is a direct result of the authorities blocking more websites in China, causing huge inconvenience,’ he said. The knock-on effects of this can be seen through increased activity on blocked sites such as Twitter…

Adam Fisk, chief executive of free peer-to-peer internet censorship circumvention software Lantern, said VPNs are particularly vulnerable to blocking because censors can easily target their protocols.

In contrast Lantern uses a combination of peer-to-peer overseas connections and tunnelling traffic through services censors don’t want to block.”

Read the full article on The Register here: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/03/china_cracks_down_on_censorship_vpn/

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