China Seeks To Block Communications Encryption

Governments don't like privacy any more than they like freedom


China has begun reinforcing its infamous firewall with new tech designed to prevent encrypted communication.

To prevent the more enterprising citizens of China from exploiting holes in the country's firewall through the use of virtual private networks and circumventors, the Chinese government is using new technology to block encryption, according to The Guardian.

The publication reports that both consumers and businesses are being hit by the new Internet barrier, which is able to "learn, discover and block" encrypted channels provided by VPN companies. According to one company that has a customer base in the Asian country, one of the largest telecom providers in the area, China Unicorn, is now automatically killing connections to the Internet when a virtual private network is detected.