MP behind UK internet porn filter hacked, accuses blogger who reported it

Summary:Yesterday MP Claire Perry's website was hacked. The current advisor to the British Prime Minister on UK Internet filtering laws accused a blogger who reported it of the deed, in threats revealing she doesn't know how links or websites work.

In a shockingly embarrassing turn, the architect behind a three-year push to mandate ISP-level Internet porn filtering saw her website hacked - and reacted in a way that revealed she is essentially Internet and tech illiterate.

Guido Fawkes, a Sun columnist, posted about yesterday's hacking and defacement of MP Claire Perry's website to his personal, popular gossip blog.

UK porn filter

When his post circulated, Perry bizarrely accused him of "sponsoring" the hacking of her website - even though he had merely reported on the event, not claimed the hack.

Perry also threatened him on Twitter, saying she would be having a word with his bosses at The Sun - despite the fact that the tabloid had nothing to do with the post.

The tech-illiterate MP claimed in a Tweet that Fawkes was 'hosting a link that distributed porn via her website' - the idea itself a boggle of the technically impossible.

It became disturbingly clear that MP Perry does not know how hyperlinks, websites, the fundamentals of content distribution works.

MP Perry is currently advising Prime Minister David Cameron on UK Internet filtering laws, and is leading the effort to create the "Great British Firewall," an anti-porn campaign that seeks to implement country-wide filters for a range of as-yet unspecified adult material.

Guido Fawkes is now pursuing legal recourse over the accusation.

Perry's low-security website, which has only been registered since 2009, has been restored.

Last month MP Perry announced to the media that parental filters for pornographic content would be coming as a default setting for all homes in the UK by the end of 2013.

She hadn't told the ISPs this - and it caused the ISPs to respond in a bloc saying they had agreed to do no such thing.

On Monday headlines blared that the Great British Firewall - default filtering on the ISP level - was going to happen by 2014, according to David Cameron.

This announcement came after a letter from the government to UK ISPs was leaked to the BBC - it revealed an attempt to strong-arm UK ISPs into agreeing they would only say (not implement) they were going to start default filtering adult content.

The letter set forth demands, stressing the deadline for ISPs to comply in time for Cameron's Monday announcement, and asked for financial contribution to Perry's program.

Perry has displayed her cluelessness about the technical aspects of her moral charge in a number notably embarrassing instances in recent past - recently, Perry conflated copyright infringement with pornographic material.

When the Pirate Bay was sentenced to a blocking order early this year, Perry went on record with every media outlet that would take her, comparing Pirate Bay to pedophiles.

Perry's arguments about the harms of pornography have gone unsupported by unbiased data or clinical studies. Her report ("the whole history of human sexual perversion is only a few clicks away") is referred to on anti-censorship sites as "scaremongering."

MP Perry is in a political position that requires technical literacy and Internet acumen.

Perry has distressingly revealed a lack of critical thinking skills and fundamental understanding of the way the world, and the Internet, works. 

Reaction to Monday's announcement (re-announcement?) that by 2014 online pornography will be blocked in the UK by default at the ISP level has been largely negative. 

By evening of Cameron’s announcement, his proposals were loudly criticized by anti-censorship groups, warning that sites about sexual health and sexuality would likely inadvertently get caught up in the filters - and Cameron was forced to admit that "there would be problems down the line" with implementation.

The best reaction this week came from UK ISP Andrews and Arnold Ltd, run mirthfully and irreverently by RevK.

Andrews and Arnlod Ltd. posted:

Andrews and Arnold Ltd. UK ISP porn filtering

 Another reaction is this HM Government petition to the UK House of Commons, Do Not Force ISP Filtering of Pornography and Other Content, which has garnered nearly 20,000 signatures since the announcement.

Topics: Government : UK

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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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