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Pakistan’s internet is under siege, and VPN’s are a target

Pakistan’s internet is under siege, and VPN’s are a target

After more than a week, disruptions to popular social media platform X (formerly Twitter) persist in Pakistan with VPN services now becoming the next casualty.

Authorities began blocking X during the night of February 17, after a senior government official’s admission of rigging election results fueled a wave of protests across the country.

Citizens didn’t give up the opportunity to engage on the social media site that easily, though. They turned en masse to virtual private networks to spoof their IP address and bypass geo-restrictions. Experts estimate an increase in the security software demand of more than 130% since then. Now, many VPN apps have reportedly stopped working in what looks like yet another escalation in Pakistan’s censorship levels.

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