According to a report from the Chinese media on July 29, a man in southern China received an administrative penalty after he bypassed the Great Firewall - the precise Internet censorship system in this country - to watch porn movies.

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His name is Chen. He was arrested by the local police in Jinshi City, Hunan. Accordingly, the police revealed that Chen used an app called Shadowrocket that allows users to connect with the proxy server - a kind of virtual private network - to get around the laws.

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Virtual Private Network (VPN) has long been known as a popular tool in China to bypass the Great Firewall’s censorship and allow users to access foreign websites and apps. We all know that Facebook, Google, and many top-leading news websites are blocked in this country. However, since 2017, the Chinese government has required VPN providers to send an official request, leading to the fact that Apple has to purify a series of VPN apps on China’s AppStore.

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Despite being known as a VPN app, Shadowsocks uses an advanced loophole - a SOCKS5 proxy that is specially disguised and designed to get around the Great Firewall.

While VPN and Shadowsocks encrypt the Internet traffic, the Chinese officials say that they can still know what kinds of websites Chen has browsed. The police revealed that his main crime was accessing porn websites, quoting a WeChat post that is now deleted by the city’s public security office.

However, the police haven’t mentioned how they discovered Chen’s online activities. In fact, basic encryption isn’t enough to protect users because it depends on where the data will go through. Shadowrocket doesn’t provide any server. It’s just a software to help connect with servers.

Man Watch Movies

Although the authorities didn’t reveal which penalty Chen received, the police department in Jinshi hinted a bit of what may happen to. They said that those who use private channels to access international networks can receive a penalty of Rs1.6 lakh (about $2,142). Service sellers can even face a prison sentence.

Apart from Chen, in the past, some were arrested for selling the VPN service in China. Accordingly, a man arrested in 2017 was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison and fined $76,000 (about Rs57 lakhs). The police revealed that another man who was arrested in early 2020 received a penalty of $1.6M (Rs1.2 crore) for selling the VPN since 2016.

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