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Friday morning - Australian censorship and stuff... [Mar. 27th, 2009|09:28 am]
Bob Bain
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According to blog wired com

Hackers Deface Aussie Censorship Board's Website

By David Kravets March 26, 2009 - 1:53:59 PM

Australia's official online censorship board's web page was offline Thursday, hours after hackers hijacked it to protest revelations the government was going to require ISPs to block public access to thousands of websites, many of which aren't obscene.

Anonymous hackers defaced the Censorship Board's homepage -- classification.gov.au -- and restated the board's public message in a chilling and humorous tone.

"We are part of an elaborate deception from China to control and sheepify the nation, to protect the children," one part of the five-sentence message read, according to a screenshot. "All opposers must hate children, and therefore must be killed with a (sic) large melons…."

The defacement, first reported by The Register, came a week after WikiLeaks exposed a secret blacklist of web pages the Australian government is considering permanently filtering from the internet.

The list of some 2,395 web pages includes the usual suspects of sites pertaining to child pornography, extreme violence and even bestiality. However, not all the sites are offensive, and include links to rank-and-file pornography, YouTube videos, poker sites, WikiLeaks entries and even URLs to a Queensland dentist and dog-boarding kennel.

Refer also the Somebody Think of the Children Blog

Note I attended the New Matilda event in Brisbane held on the evening before my 65th. birthday - podcast referred to in this entry in the STOTC blog - ( Podcast of NewMatilda's Internet regulation forum on-line ) - MP3 podcast available for download following this direct link New Matilda Forum (MP3) - right click and save target as !

The page seemingly hacked appears to be off line this morning and could previously be accessed indirectly as the former Office of Film and Literature Classification website (www.oflc.gov.au)

BTW: I noticed heaps and heaps of "X rated" DVDs ($10 and up) just a few minutes walk from the Queensland State Parliament. Passing police officers didn't appear interested. This was in the CBD of the capital of conservative Queensland and just a short walk from the Queensland University of Technology.

I have some government forms to fill in over the weekend.