Original title: a man jailed for sale of VPN
Source: People's court
Reporter: Hu Mingdong
Recently, the People's Court of Baoshan District, Shanghai, opened a court in accordance with the law and sentenced the defendant to three years'imprisonment, three years' probation and a fine of RMB 10,000 yuan for the crime of providing computer information system programs and tools for intrusion and illegal control.
Baoshan District Court after trial found that the defendant Dai Mouyuan in a securities management company engaged in software development work. Since April 2016, it has created a website for illegal gain and sold VPN wall software accounts on the site. At the same time, it rents several servers from overseas service providers to provide foreign website services which can not be accessed by domestic IP to the account sold. Dai Mou was arrested on October 10, 2017. As of October 2017, Dai Mou illegally provided VPN services to hundreds of people.
Dai Mou truthfully confessed his crime after appearing in court. In the trial, the defendant wore a withdrawal from the illegal income of 10 thousand yuan.
Baoshan District Court held that the defendant Dai Mou provided special procedures and tools for intruding and illegally controlling computer information systems, and the circumstances were particularly serious. His actions constituted the crime of providing procedures and tools for intruding and illegally controlling computer information systems. It is learnt that this case is the first one in Shanghai to constitute the crime of providing computer information system programs and tools for intrusion and illegal control.
VPN is ubiquitous in our daily life and work. There are many users. However, VPN has been wandering in the grey area and has not been approved by the competent telecommunications authorities. In 2017, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology clearly stipulated that VPN should not be established or leased without the approval of the competent telecommunications authorities. VPN was formally included in the scope of supervision. If a citizen establishes a VPN privately for a certain amount of profit or provides the software to others for a certain number of people, it is a serious case and will be subject to criminal punishment.
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