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Chinese man ended up in jail for selling VPNs

siliconreview Chinese man ended up in jail for selling VPNs

Making money through internet is one of the easiest jobs to be done, but in China, it is not. A 26 year old man got caught for selling VPN software online. The man was using his own independent website to sell the VPNs.

The supreme court of China has sentenced the 26 years old, Deng Jiewei, nine months of imprisonment and fined 5,000 Chinese Yuan.

China has banned almost every popular website including all the major Social Networking sites, Search engines like Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, all the major media websites including YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, Daily Motion and many more. Taking advantage of the scenario, Deng was selling the VPN to the people who wanted to access all the blocked websites.

VPN encrypts users Internet traffic and routes it through a distant connection. This helped the users to hide their identity and they had access to all the blocked sites. Chinese citizens usually use VPN to Bypass the Great Firewall of China, which is also known as the Golden Shield Project.

Deng and his partner had been selling VPNs since October 2015, and were first detained in August 2016. They made around 14,000 Yuan (USD 2134.14). Deng was sentenced in March, but online documents were circulated on “What’s On Weibo”, the Chinese blog, only on Sunday. Many VPN users in the mainland already faced consequences by the authorities. The domestic VPN provider, GreenVPN, have been shut down.      

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