As it was reported earlier by Tehran Chronicle, the government of Iran is preparing to sell “official” and “legal” VPN services to companies and corporations. According to announcements made by Iran’s IT ministry, the government will provide Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to local companies. Secretary of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi has warned clients of using “illegal” VPN services to circumvent state filtering.
In past five years, Iran’s Filtering Committee has blocked access to numerous websites in country. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit and many other popular social network websites are officially blocked in Iran. But tech-savvy users usually bypass restrictions by using several methods. Utilizing VPNs is among popular methods in country to break the filtering. VPNs are usually used for establishing encrypted and safe connections but in Iran this technology has different usage.
“We have started distributing official VPN services for Iranian users. Those need this service to open safe connections can apply in the program and we will review their cases one by one. If their request was approved, then we will introduce legal providers and licensed clients can buy their needed services.” Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi told Tehran Chronicle.
“By launching this program, Iranian government can prosecute users who are violating state laws and Internet Filtering Committee will be able to take offenders to national courts under supervision of judiciary service.” Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi concluded.