The Great Firewall Gets an “Upgrade”, Causing Distress to VPN Users

The notorious Great Firewall strengthens its hold over the people in China, blocking off access to a number of prominent virtual private network (VPN) services in the country. The Chinese government has long been locked in a struggle to suppress what it deems to be inappropriate content stemming from the Internet, but recent actions have shown the government making stringent efforts to bring censorship to a whole other level.

That’s where VPN comes in — serving as the most common way to get around China’s “Great Firewall”, a nickname for the country’s sophisticated censorship tool until last week, when widespread reports of the blocking of popular VPN services including Golden Frog, StrongVPN and Astrill came about.

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