Iran looks to eliminate ‘illegal’ VPNs that help citizens evade internet filters


In a bid to increase oversight of web usage among its citizens, Iran is reportedly clamping down on Encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) systems. According to Reuters, Iranian web users are reporting that various VPNs — which normally help evade the government’s draconian internet filters — are no longer accessible. Ramezanali Sobhani-Fard, who leads parliament’s information and communications technology committee, has confirmed that the regime is currently weeding out unauthorized VPNs. “Within the last few days illegal VPN ports in the country have been blocked,” he told a local news agency. “Only legal and registered VPNs can from now on be used.” As you’d expect, those preferred VPNs are subject to surveillance by officials.


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