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China targets Alibaba's Taobao, other e-commerce sites, in VPN crackdown

01:14 EDT 17 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

China targets Alibaba's Taobao, other e-commerce sites, in VPN crackdownBy Cate Cadell BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have issued a warning to the country's top e-commerce platforms, including Alibaba Holding Group Ltd's Taobao.com, over the sale of illegal virtual private networks that allow users to skirt state censorship controls. Five websites have been asked to carry out immediate "self-examination and correction" to remove vendors that sell illegal virtual private networks (VPNs), according to a notice posted by the Zhejiang provincial branch of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), China's top cyber regulator. This is the latest in a series of measures taken by China to secure the internet and maintain strict control over content.


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