Iran Outlaws VPNs Or Any Other Attempt To Get Around Filters

from the how-nice dept

If you're going to censor the internet, I guess you also have to criminalize attempts to get around the filters. That appears to be what's happened in Iran, where any kind of system to get around the filters, including VPNs, has been criminalized. Iran now gets to join Pakistan in banning VPNs.
“Based on the law, the use of VPNs or other antifiltering software is forbidden and considered a crime,”
Amusingly, the reasoning given is that VPNs are part of a "soft war" from Western countries, and blocking them is a way to "confront" such Western aggression.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2011 @ 9:51am

    Re: Tired old ... stuff, but...

    Obviously you have not been in Iran in the last 20 years as the threat is not to be fined but to be shortened as off with the head.

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