China began aggressively blocking VPN providers again, starting around 11am UTC today. Chinese customers were blocked from several of our sites for 3 or so hours, but we rolled out workarounds that restored access for users in China to most of our worldwide locations.
The quick turnaround by our engineers is one of the many benefits of running our own servers and network, and we restored service well ahead of other VPN operators who were blocked. The connection activity chart below shows both the impact of the Chinese attempts to block VyprVPN as well as our success in working around these attempts.
The latest blocks occurred in conjunction with additional censorship measures, as China yesterday issued a warning to major e-commerce platforms to stop selling “illegal” VPNs. China ordered five sites, including the massive Taobao.com (run by Alibaba) to implement “self-examination and correction” and remove any vendors selling VPN services. The Chinese government took it even further, with some sites “ordered to halt new user registrations, suspend services and punish accountable staff.” This move is the latest in the country’s sustained crackdown on VPNs and circumvention tools. Just a few weeks ago Apple removed major VPN apps from their China App Store by request of the Chinese government.
Unfortunately, today’s blocks follow another attempt that occurred last month (we were able to get back up and running in record time then, too). China recently announced new regulations stating all VPNs will be banned in China by February 2018. These actions are highly-concerning, as the frequency with which blocks occur is increasing , as are other censorship activities.
If you have any questions or issues accessing VyprVPN from China (or any other location), contact our customer support team.
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Learn more about the situation in China by viewing our infographic: The Great Firewall Gets Stronger: China Ramps Up Internet Censorship in 2017