A 26-year-old Chinese man Deng Jiewie from Dongguan, Guangdong province has been sent to jail by Chinese authorities due to offering software and tools to control the computer information system illegally. Supreme Court of china has sentenced him to nine months in prison for selling VPNs illegally on his own website.

People use VPN to hide their identity from the internet traffic. VPN helps to encrypt the route from internet by connecting to other country connection. Some of the persons use VPN to access restricted and censored websites for malicious activities.

Imprisonment for selling VPNs in China

Chinese citizens bypass the Great Firewall of China (Golden Shield Project) by using different VPNs techniques because the Golden Shield Project blocked 1000’s of websites in china including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, and The Pirate Bay.
In January of this year government of china announced 14 month campaign to crack down on VPNs to tighten grip over the internet and online user.

Deng and his partner have been selling 2 VPN services on his website since October 2015 and earned 14,000 Chinese Yuan (approx $2,138). In August 2016 Deng was detained for selling these VPNs because they allowed users to “visit foreign websites that could not be accessed by mainland ip address.”

On March 3 court has sentenced to send Deng in jail for nine months and fined 5000 Chinese yuan for his VPN selling business.

Some of the users of Weibo questioned why VPN services were considered as “invading and illegally controlling” a computer system, while others anxious for usage of the VPNs. They think that using a VPN is considered a crime and they might face same punishment if they continue to use VPN.

“If selling a VPN means a conviction for ‘providing software and tools for invading and illegally controlling the computer information system’, then everyone here who uses a VPN to evade the Great Firewall can also be imprisoned of illegally attacking or illegally controlling the computer information system, right?” one of most popular Weibo’s post.

Source: South China Morning Post

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