VPN clampdown creates online headache

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have long been used by Chinese gamblers as a sort of invisibility cloak, allowing them to walk through the digital doors of offshore online casino, poker, bingo and sports betting sites undetected. VPNs straddle a legal fence, they are not illegal and many businesses use them legitimately to skirt the country’s “Great Firewall”, which blocks access to material on the internet that is considered politically sensitive. But they are not explicitly legal either, and the government has increasingly been tightening the noose around the neck of VPNs, particularly when it comes to those being used to access overseas online gambling sites.   In January, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced developers offering VPNs must obtain a licence as part of efforts to clean up what it called the “disordered development” of online connections. At the time, this was considered a setback by offshore online gambling operators, but nothing...

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