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BFCSA: ASIC OOPs Blunder: blocked 250,000 websites trying to block ONE

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ASIC admitted it accidentally blocked 250,000 websites after trying to go after a single domain. Big whoops. Source: Sun Herald Claire Porter  6th June 2013

PRIVACY and civil rights groups are calling for an open investigation into how government departments are interpreting a 15-year-old law to block websites.

The calls come after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) admitted it had accidentally blocked 250,000 websites on top of the 1200 it had already accidentally censored last month.

Jon Lawrence, spokesperson for Electronic Frontiers Australia told that ASIC should be required to provide a judicial warrant before attempting to block a single website. The organisation said it planned to contact Senator Conroy and insist he "conduct a full-fledged investigation into the second stuff-up in as many months".

He said the public should be informed of the decision before any move is made to block a website.

"We're very concerned about ASIC's use of the Telecommunications Act to block websites," he told "It's simply not very effective - they've admitted that themselves. Clearly there is a lack of technical understanding about how to do this without creating collateral damage, as we've already seen."

Lawrence also said there was nothing to stop state or local governments from pressuring ISPs to block websites.

"Clearly there needs to be tighter constraints," he said.

More than 1200 websites were blocked last month - including one belonging to a Melbourne university - after ASIC tried to block a single website.


At the time ASIC said that it was the first time something like that had happened and said it was taking steps to ensure it wasn't happening again.

But in a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday, ASIC admitted to a second blunder, claiming that only 1000 "legitimate" websites were blocked because the other 249,000 were "innocuous" and hosted "no substantive content" because the domain names that were up for sale.

ASIC asked ISPs to block financially fraudulent websites by IP address (the number assigned to servers that host a range of different websites) instead of by domain names (such as

As a result thousands of websites were blocked.

Source: News Limited

ASIC said it was investigating how it could ensure that only specific websites were blocked and how it could alert the public to that fact.

Vice chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation, David Vaile, told he wanted to know which part of the Telecommunications Act ASIC used to justify the blocking of websites.

ASIC said it used section 313, which is split into two parts, the first part of the act requires ISPs to "do their best" to prevent their services from being used in the commission of an offence against any state or territory law.

The second part requires ISPs to assist "officers or law enforcement authorities" in preventing and safeguarding national security and public revenue.


"Section one doesn't say anything about an order, or who judges what is best," Mr Vaile said. "It doesn't have a test of reasonableness or necessity. It doesn't specify that it is to help particular law enforcement entities. In fact technically anyone could try to use the act to block a website. It just says you've got to do your best."

Vaile said that law enforcement and government departments have been deliberately "blurring the two sections together, treating it as this big blob."

The Telecommunications Act also allowed for unregulated and widespread wire-tapping, data retention, communications storage and interception.

ASIC is also immune from prosecution for the harm they have caused.

"If there's an instruction or request from the police or a government department that accidentally caused 250,000 websites to be blocked, then none of those people can sue," Mr Vaile said. "Even if it turns out to be a mistake."

"If it was a good-faith effort, it means they're protected so if your business is stuffed or your privacy or security or right to free speech has been violated there is nowhere to turn."

ASIC told that it used section 313, subsection 3 of the Australian Telecommunications Act to block websites.

Sub-section 3 does not actually mention anything about the blocking of websites but instead says carrier services must give officers and authorities of the Commonwealth and states and territories "such help as is reasonably necessary" to enforce criminal law and penalties, protect public revenue and safeguard national security.


"ASIC uses various legal powers and techniques to protect Australian investors from becoming the victims of fraudulent activities including cold calling and the use of fraudulent websites," the spokesperson said.

"This includes requesting telecommunications carriers that access to a specified IP address of a fraudulent website be blocked. Section 313(3) Telecommunications Act (Cth) allows us to make these requests".

"ASIC is working to shut down scams and educate potential victims".

The spokesperson said ASIC "had nothing further to add".

Senatory Conroy told that he has directed his department to work with other enforcement agencies to ensure that requests for assistance under section 313 are appropriate and targeted.

"The Department will also provide advice on ways to improve transparency and reporting of the use of this power," he said.


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  • doyla66
    doyla66 Friday, 07 June 2013

    It really does seem ASIC is good for nothing.. GET RID OF ASIC.
    Can they do anything right?
    I think not!
    The bumbling mumbling stumbling fools.

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Friday, 07 June 2013

    Keystone Cops at work - No excuse for scam ASIC IT blunder

    With all the skilled IT people in Government department why would ASIC attempt to stop a scam in this way?
    If ASIC don't know how it works they shouldn't touch it. QED
    As for "ASIC is also immune from prosecution for the harm they have caused." that should be challenged legally. Unacceptable.
    When it occurred there was no where for the innocent and surprised owners of the affected sites to find out what happened and who to contact. Another ASIC fail.
    Are ASIC trying to prove they do something for their money?
    Of just get our attention on how much power they have?
    Or just feeling unappreciated and needy?
    We could suggest Lifeline if they're lonely ....
    I suggest ASIC stop right now before they bring down the entire Australian telecommunications network with their amateurish tinkering.
    Something about using an blunderbuss to shoot a fly comes to mind ...
    ASIC competencies do not extend to precision IT, timely investigation - or taking responsibility for their mistakes.
    ASIC should be offering compensation to these victims as well - even a sorry for the inconvenience pop up would have been nice.
    ASIC are looking more and more like the Mr Plods of corporate crime and investigation.

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Friday, 07 June 2013

    BFCSA: Friday's "Quote of the Week" - from much luved & admired - Denise Brailey, founding President of BFCSA

    "Quote-of-Week": Ms Brailey>bank/lawyers;"my answer will be: have received your letter, have noted its contents & now Bugger Off."

    >>>>"The $2000 an hour lawyers of the banks settle down: you are next. Do not even think about writing me a polite letter my answer will be: have received your letter, have noted its contents and now Bugger Off."

    Your client's best mates sent my Members bugger off letters its now TIT for TAT and game on. I never go anywhere without documents attached and its Game On. Enough people have suffered LOST HOMES and you now need to be brought to book. Bring on the Royal Commission Urgently. "

    None too soon enough -- politicians, "save face" --by acting NOW! --Citizens Jungle drums are rumbling!

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Friday, 07 June 2013

    Love it!
    About time the tin gods and high and mighty got a taste of their own medicine!
    I do hope the legal grubs aren't trying to threaten Denise ...
    They will have a lot of people to deal with if they do ...
    Slimy toadying parasites ...
    What a wonderful and spectacular week it has been!
    I haven't smiled so much in ages.
    Thankyou so much Denise :D

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