Demand for VPNs Rises in Iran as Protests Continue, Researchers Say
Request custody of the morality police.skyrocketed by more than 3,000% in Iran, researchers say, following attempts by Iranian authorities to block access to WhatsApp and Instagram in the country on September 21. The government’s latest censorship efforts come in response to the wave of protests continuing across the country over Mahsa Amini, 22, who died in
Independent Top10VPN researchers measured an overwhelming spike of over 3,000% in demand for VPNs, which are commonly used to circumvent internet censorship efforts. The researchers measured the peak from September 22 to October 3.
“Demand for VPN services to bypass social media blocks soared 2,164% on September 22 compared to the previous 28 days. Demand for VPNs increased further in the following days, peaking at 3,082% more than before protests on September 26.” Top10VPN’s head of research, Simon Migliano, said in a research update this week.
Migliano said average daily demand for VPN services remained very high after the recent spike, with demand now 1,991% above the normal baseline.