Great Firewall Designer claims he knows nothing of an upgrade to block services
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/07/2013 -- The residents of China have found that logging into social media such as Facebook and Twitter has become increasingly difficult in recent days. That is due to several popular VPN (virtual private network) companies have alleged that China's great Firewall has been upgraded to prevent such items. Officials of China's internet industry have released statements saying that it is illegal for foreign companies to operate such items as VPN business within China.
The complaints were made by three VPN service providers that reside overseas: Astrill, Witopia, and StrongVPN each apologized to users in mainland China that due to the recent GFW upgrade, their services had been blocked. Astrill claimed that the VPN protocols had been blocked, and many of the foreign companies that work within China had been influenced or otherwise compromised.
Designer of GFW, Fang Binxing, told the Global Times that he did not know of an upgrade being made to the firewall.
"As far as I know, companies running a VPN business in China must register with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. I haven't heard that any foreign companies have registered," Fang said.
The use of unregistered VPNs, and the services themselves, are not protected under Chinese laws. Any company that is found running a VPN business ought to realize they have a responsibility to register, according to Fang.
A source from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology confirmed that only those Chinese companies and Sino-foreign ventures area capable of applying for establishment of a VPN business.
A majority of those who use VPN s within China's mainland use the services to access particular websites, some companies use it to conduct business, which is where the controversy lies.
A large foreign technology corporation within China, who used a VPN user, told Global Times that people can survive without Facebook, but the lack of VPN could seriously influence business within China.
"You can't block all VPNs without blocking businesses, including Chinese businesses. China wants businesses to put regional headquarters in China. It has these economic and business goals that are reliant on modern business infrastructure," said the executive.
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