Chinese police arrested the operator of unauthorized VPN service that made $1.6 million from his activity
Chinese authorities continue operations against unauthorized VPN services that are very popular in the country. China continues to intensify the monitoring ofthe cyberspace applying and persecution of VPN services that could be used to bypass its censorship system known as theGreat Firewall. TheGreat Firewall projectalready 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 anannouncementfrom China’s Procuratorate Daily the man wasalso fined 500,000 yuan ($76,000).
Prosecutors said the man was convicted of collecting “illegal revenue” of 792,638 yuan ($120,500) from his unauthorizedactivity.