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Chinese man to serve nine months in prison for selling VPN apps

September 6, 2017

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Continuing its crackdown on Virtual Private Network applications that allow users to bypass regulated communication channels, the Chinese Supreme Court setenced a man to nine months in prison for selling VPN software.

Deng Jiewei, 26, was found guilty of “illegal control of a computer system” under Chinese criminal law after authorities seized control of his website. Jiewei sold VPN software that could bypass tools used by the People’s Republic of China to regulate the Internet domestically – colloquially referred to as The Great Firewall.

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