• Sep 15, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

The Chinese IT giant Huawei has big plans for the cloud in Western markets, with important implications for privacy

Some Chinese high-tech companies may be bigger than you think. The e-commerce giant Alibaba has a market capitalization of over $400 billion. The social media and gaming company Tencent is not far behind, and nearly a billion people use its WeChat messaging service. Baidu is the world’s second largest search engine, and is increasingly strong … Continue reading “The Chinese IT giant Huawei has big plans for the cloud in Western markets, with important implications for privacy”

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Apple removes VPN apps from the Chinese App Store on government orders

Today, Chinese iPhone users woke up to discover that censorship-defeating apps such as the Private Internet Access VPN app are no longer present in the Chinese Apple App store. The move comes after the Chinese government launched an inquiry into Apple’s App Store content back in April of 2017 – targeting several livestreaming sites. Recently, along … Continue reading “Apple removes VPN apps from the Chinese App Store on government orders”

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  • Jul 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

In Xinjiang, China, police have set up checkpoints to ensure that the government-mandated “Jingwang” spyware is installed

In Xinjiang, China, citizens are being forced to install a targeted surveillance mobile app called Jingwang. Additionally, the government has set up random checkpoints on the streets to check whether the spyware is properly installed on your smartphone. On July 10th, mobile phone users in the region received a notification letting them know that they … Continue reading “In Xinjiang, China, police have set up checkpoints to ensure that the government-mandated “Jingwang” spyware is installed”

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  • Jul 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle

VPNs are indispensable tools for today’s Internet users, and nowhere more so than in China. The famous “Great Firewall of China” – the name given to the set of technologies used to enforce censorship of foreign sites – can be circumvented by VPNs, but not in a consistent way. Sometimes VPNs are blocked, sometimes they … Continue reading “Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle”

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Chinese government denies plans to block personal use of VPN in China

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that China was in the process of blocking VPN in China by February 1st, 2018. Inside sources told Bloomberg that state-owned internet service providers (ISPs) in China, namely China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom which together serve more than 1.35 billion subscribers, were told to block access to personal VPNs, or virtual … Continue reading “Chinese government denies plans to block personal use of VPN in China”

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  • Jul 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

Great Firewall of China: Chinese government orders ISPs to block personal VPN use by February 1st

The Great Firewall of China is being bolstered in the coming months – increasing censorship for over a billion internet users. According to Bloomberg, the Chinese government has told state-owned internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunication providers to block access to personal virtual private networks (VPNs) by February 1st, 2018. How they will technically accomplish … Continue reading “Great Firewall of China: Chinese government orders ISPs to block personal VPN use by February 1st”

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  • Jun 1, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Bitcoin, Governments, News, Privacy,

Why the Chinese love clunky QR codes, despite privacy and security shortcomings

As you may have noticed, there’s a lot of interest in bitcoin at the moment. According to one analysis, a key factor driving the digital currency to record highs is rising demand from China. That may be true for serious investors there, but for most of China’s billion-plus citizens, when it comes to digital payments, … Continue reading “Why the Chinese love clunky QR codes, despite privacy and security shortcomings”

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  • Nov 16, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

120,000 US smartphones found to send private data back to China; millions of Chinese presumably still affected

A secret backdoor in some Android smartphones has been discovered by Kryptowire, an American security firm. Kryptowire announced their findings in a press release early Tuesday morning. The backdoor was made by Shanghainese company AdUps at the behest of an unnamed Chinese phone manufacturer. The backdoor is located in the smartphone’s firmware and was discovered on … Continue reading “120,000 US smartphones found to send private data back to China; millions of Chinese presumably still affected”

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  • Nov 8, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Under new cybersecurity law, companies in China will store your connecting ip address for six months

China today passed a new cybersecurity law that is designed to combat foreign hackers and strengthen China’s position as an “internet power.” What China’s new cybersecurity bill will actually do is increase the number of Chinese VPN users. The law will require Chinese companies to de-anonymize their users, store that data in China, and provide … Continue reading “Under new cybersecurity law, companies in China will store your connecting ip address for six months”

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China will start prohibiting ad blocking on September 1st

The ad blocking industry is facing a stark challenge from the Chinese government. China’s new Internet Advertising laws includes wording that explicitly prohibits “tampering with or blocking other businesses’ advertisements.” The “Internet Advertising Interim Rules” (Chinese text) were drafted after the tragic death of Wei Zixi, a cancer patient that underwent an unsuccessful experimental cancer … Continue reading “China will start prohibiting ad blocking on September 1st”

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