Iranian authorities have blocked the use of most virtual private networks (VPNs), a tool that many Iranians use to get around an extensive government Internet filter, Reuters quoted Mehr News Agency as reporting today.
“Within the last few days illegal VPN ports in the country have been blocked,” said Ramezanali Sobhani-Fard, the director of parliament's information and communications technology committee. (Mehr News Agency, 10 March)
Iran filters many sites, including this blog, and the only way a reader in the country can access these censored sites is through the VPNs. Now the government is shutting down the popular VPNs as well.
The government’s move to curtail the use of VPNs has created unintended problems for its own institutions, like banks, to access Internet freely. So the censors will be creating VPNs under government’s own control that the approved and registered users could access.