Has Australian list of banned websites been leaked?

Graham Cluley

A list of some 2400 websites, said to have been deemed unsuitable by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for containing illegal content related to child abuse, rape and other criminal activities, has been published on the internet.

The ACMA blacklist is supposed to be strictly confidential – as it contains the URLs of illegal and prohibited websites. The Australian government has been creating a list of censored websites, which it has distributed to a number of ISPs who are looking into the technical issues regarding filtering the content from users.

Of course, the content of the list of illegal, prohibited and potential prohibited web pages is supposed to remain strictly confidential – if it were public knowledge then it would effectively be equivalent to a telephone directory of illegal content, including child abuse material. Under Australian law, anyone…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.