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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 …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    stories like this...

    ... just give Theresa May more ideas.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    CitizenVPN still works..

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Message from Chinese gov

    to the British gov: it CAN be done!

    Resounding hurrah from 10 Downing Street for the (right) kind of democracy and (right) kind of free speech. And you, yes you, at 51 Yewfield Road, you are NOT clapping hard enough...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm surprised China hasn't just gone nuclear and prohibited ALL encryption that isn't using state-vetted (and thus state-readable) keys. That would pretty much squash all remaining standard VPNs. As for stego, there are ways to detect and defeat those such as by mangling all image and video uploads to the point that the effective transmission rate will slow to a crawl.

    Yes, I know outside firms will push back, but China will then be faced with a dilemma. If they want their business, they'd have to allow private comms they can't track and can easily be abused. But given China's attitudes toward self-reliance, they may just lend the rope until they can go it alone in an industry and then just cut them off like how Google was forced out of China after Baidu took off.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      but domestic demand is vastly lagging behind so they can't 'go it alone' yet.

      Moreover as the domestic market grows then external pressure from other countrys offering cheaper labour will have an effect.

      You can't have a healthy domestic market while at the same time paying your populous pittance for the work they do.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Not even with 1 1/2 billion people and supposedly plenty of domestic resources to exploit?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      > I'm surprised China hasn't just gone nuclear and prohibited ALL encryption that isn't using state-vetted (and thus state-readable) keys.

      Shut up! Mitch McConnell is busily fapping away to those very words. Don't give them any more bright ideas!

  5. Nifty Silver badge

    A few days spent inside the Firewall and you will appreciate that it's quite difficult to do day to day IT business from inside China. You simply cannot predict which innocuous tech-help or medical article you will/won't e able to access. I pity the hobbled professionals who have to work there. China is putting brakes on it's own economic development like this.

    India's GDP grew by more than China's last year.

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

      If you are an IT professional then simply purchase a co-lo box and run openswan on it or something.

      A subscriber base of 1 is hardly going to show up on their radar now is it?

      1. Charles 9 Silver badge

        "A subscriber base of 1 is hardly going to show up on their radar now is it?"

        I would think it would be even more of a red flag. You can't have too many customers, yes, but you also can't have too few as that would be a tipoff of it being one meant to bypass the firewall.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      One can imagine the Great Firewall has an Achille's Heel which could render it useless if systematically exploited. A reverse-github, if you will.

      Using favorite propaganda words as code for "VPN"...?

  6. crayon

    India's GDP grew by more than China's last year ...

    That's because India changed the way their GDP is calculated, one of the changes being eg the amount of cow dung produced is added to the GDP (I kid you not). It could be that cow dung is an important component of the Indian economy as it's often used as cooking fuel.

  7. emmalopez

    Currently, China is blocking all VPNs at the protocol level (including corporate VPNs). However, the VPN providers listed here use stealth techniques to hide their VPN traffic.

    The Great Fire website (English version) lists which sites are currently blocked in China.

    There are countless VPN reviews out there, but not all VPN services are known to work within the Chinese internet infrastructure. You have to be careful when selecting your provider.

    source: http://www.bestvpnprovider.com/china-vpn

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