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Ukraine: Vpn boom in Russia to circumvent Internet restrictions

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(ANSA) – ROME, MARCH 14 – In Russia there is a boom in the use of VPNs, a tool that masks the user’s real internet address, allowing you to bypass censorship. According to data provided by the analysis company SensorTower to Cnbc, between February 24, the day of the invasion of Ukraine, and March 8, there were in fact 6 million downloads of these apps between Play Store and App Store, with an increase 1,500% from the 13-day window prior to the attack. Vpn services company SurfShark also reported that sales in Russia, again as of February 24, have soared by 3,500%.

In addition to masking the user’s real IP address, VPNs also simulate a geographical position different from the actual one. In this way, those who surf from Russia can access sites and services that would otherwise be blocked or slowed down. Using this tool allows you to use the services on the one hand by bypassing government censorship – Instagram has been blocked since midnight in Russia, Facebook and Twitter have been blocked for days – but also by the limitations imposed by Western technology companies. In response to the restrictions in Moscow, on March 8, Twitter launched a Tor version of the platform, which guarantees its use even in the event of censorship. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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