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All VPNs suspended in Rajouri till elections

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Rajouri: Authorities in Rajouri district have suspended all kinds of VPNs till the culmination of elections in the district.

An order by District Magistrate Rajouri said that a communication has been received from the office of Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri regarding “unprecedented high usage of virtual private Networks (VPNs) during the past few days in different parts of this district by “scores of suspicious internet users”.

It said the VPN transmits gets encrypted and creates a point-to-point tunnel, masks IP address and lets sidestep website blocks and firewalls on the internet thus making data related to forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and other sensitive data vulnerable to cyber attacks.

“…it has become imperative to take immediate preventive measures to protect/save all data/information related to ensuing Lok Sabha elections and other sensitive vulnerable data from cyber attacks.

“Therefore in view of the above, I, Rajeev Kumar Khajuria, JKAS, Additional District Magistrate, Rajouri in exercise of powers vested in me, under Section 144 Cr. PC, do hereby order to suspend all kinds of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) in the mobile phones in district Rajouri till the culmination of the election process in this district.”

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