HideMy.name has repeatedly faced restrictions in Russia, and in 2019 its site was successfully blocked by court order. Currently, the service has been blocked since July 2023 using TSPU, which Russian operators are required to install on their networks.
HideMy.name representatives assure that TSPUs are legally designed to prevent threats to communication networks, while VPN services are “only a client application and cannot pose a threat to anything.” The plaintiffs hope that a positive outcome in the case will help other resources that face similar blockages in the future.
However, experts state that it will not be easy to prove the existence of VPN interference in the equipment installed by operators.
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