Skip to content

China has drawn its net closer

22. Dec 2012

The Guardian reports that the Great Firewall of China tries to detect and block VPN connections.

While Tor is known to be blocked most of the time VPNs ought to be a way to connect to servers outside the firewall and access the information you desire. That seems to be impossible right now.

A number of companies providing “virtual private network” (VPN) services to users in China say the new system is able to “learn, discover and block” the encrypted communications methods used by a number of different VPN systems.

Astrill, a VPN provider for users inside and outside China, has emailed its users to warn them that the “Great Firewall” system is blocking at least four of the common protocols used by VPNs, which means that they don’t function.

“This GFW update makes a lot of harm to business in China,” the email says. “We believe [the] China censorship minister is a smart man … and this blockage will be removed and things will go back to normal.”

Let’s hope China will remove this blockage. Especially since it really should harm businesses (like the quote above says). China has an economy it can’t harm too much.


From → General

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: