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

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Another day, another fake exposed

    What is with IT in particular that seems to promote all the technology illiterate people to “upper management”?
    mil7
    • Chuckle

      I wonder just who(m) she entertained to get her current role .........

      Blind leading the mute with no touching allowed.
      Snicker ;)
      rhonin
    • reason IT can't be management

      IT people are too dumb to manage others and be successful in administration, that is why they sit in front of computers. if they were smart enough, they would be in those positions
      Mick Furgeson
      • Ignorance is not bliss

        Haha, that's the typical ignorance which means buffoons like this get to make policies and get themselves in positions of power. Good job Mick, thanks for being part of the problem.
        JanesyB
    • Good post

      just as Melissa answered I am dazzled that a mother can get paid $5668 in a few weeks on the computer. did you read this page... c­a­n9­9.ℂ­ℴ­M
      BillieLawson
  • It Has Been Called the 'Peter Principle'

    Or more concisely, to my mind, Peter's Corollary stating that "In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties." Some organizations simply promote their least competent people more quickly and to more visible positions than others. The UK Parliament majority party (whichever it might be at any given time) is more visible than most organizations so they are forced to promote absolute idiots to the highest possible posts as quickly as possible before they get booted from power and the next crop of idiots is up for promotion.
    zdnet@...
    • The Peter Principle

      According to Wikipedia..
      The Peter Principle is a proposition that states that the members of an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success and merit will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability. The principle is commonly phrased, "Employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence." In more formal parlance, the effect could be stated as: employees tend to be given more authority until they cannot continue to work competently. It was formulated by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1969 book The Peter Principle, a humorous[1] treatise, which also introduced the "salutary science of hierarchiology".

      Government, as you acurately noted, excells in fostering this activity.. But this person seems to have past that level by a long way. To be this ignorant of the topics she is supposedly working on laws for, she has to be sleeping with someone important or she has a better file of blackmail evidence that I do.
      Putertechn
      • Pure Peter Principle Not Strictly Applicable To Government

        In a normal organization promotions are usually based on performance so one seldom makes it too far above one's competence. In government, however, one is promoted based on other considerations: money, influence, political orthodoxy, old-boy network connections, religious performance art, general sucking up, etc. In this way a governmental position is more similar to the way one makes it to the board room in business thus the number of idiots in control of the upper levels of business and government are quite similar. At the lower levels of either the pure Peter Principle is applicable.
        zdnet@...
  • How did she get into this position

    Oh wait, there is no position, she seems have created some sort of consultants position to DC without any mandate. The woman is employed as a Private Secretary in some other department yet piggy-backs onto seminars and conferences arranged by the culture and media crew. Reported to be a bully, as evidenced by the "I'm telling your editor on you" stance she took with Guido, it would appear that by shouting "Think of the children" loudly enough, she has managed to influence top government figures while clearly having no idea about the internet or it's most basic workings. Is that a screenshot or a hosted link to distribute porn via my website? Absolutely clueless yet has the ears of a nation - today I am not proud to be english if people listen to this monstrosity any longer. I wonder if she's googled streisand effect yet?
    Little Old Man
    • She's what you get...

      ...when people vote for parties instead of candidates. I'm quite sure that the only qualification she had that was of much concern to her constituents was the Conservative Party label (she was a proxy for David Cameron).
      John L. Ries
  • Where do they find these people??

    The system that put people like this, in any sort of control. Needs to be in major need of being fixed. It's like putting Hitler in charge in immigration policies.
    csumbler
  • Dumb woman, wothout a clue

    a dumb woman, without a clue how technology works, and also trying to implement a ban on legal porn, which her own governments consultancy came down heavily against it.

    How she became an Internet Czar on this is beyond me.

    No clue, badly informed, and her own government cut the funding to the CEOPs agency in charge of tacking on-line child abuse, and has no idea about the decade long existence of the Police operated Childbase database, logging these sort of unlawful images since 2003.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/07/25/uk_police_build_massive_child/
    neil.postlethwaite
  • jousting at windmills

    I can't get over the implied quixotic nature of these "anti-porn" crusades, and further can't get over the distinct sensation that the crusaders are similarly drawing their swords against any form of critical thinking. Porn, sex, and the human tendency to be interested in them is not "a fad that will blow over" as the most rigid of Vatican and Imam adherents might suggest, but rather it is a basic instinct that is a major reason why there are around six billion humans on this piece of rock.
    Seriously, if you are going to go on a rant about how terrible human interest in sex is, at least provide something MORE ENTERTAINING to take its place.
    If not, I'm not even going to look up from my work, nor show you my hands.
    tavent
  • Nanny State yet again!

    Typical about these types of people's...they know NOTHING of the subject they are supposed to be helping the Gov with ( given any ole job that you can learn on the fly )....I for one will sign into FULL ACCESS if that comes about regardless if they note my personal details in their snooping Gov offices...I'm old enough to make my own mind up about what I access and what I don't ...I've never gone near child porn and never intend to and I've been using pc's for many many years...

    If those scum REALLY want to view that s*^t they can easilly do it through many backdoors, you should be concentrating on the source of the images and their viewers not blanket covering the nation as if we are all suspects..grrrr

    Keep your political fingers off our Internet and STOP trying to CONTROL us !
    wannadoit@...
  • Ill thought out and clumsy

    Why would we seek to build clumsy, ill thought out mechanisms for controlling the flow of information to the masses? It’s a knee jerk reaction to a non-existent problem crafted to win votes from the ignorant minority…

    It's madness and my reasons are here - http://www.paulkerrison.co.uk/reviews/cameron-and-perry-hatch-a-crackpot-scheme-to-censor-the-web-with-internet-filters-by-2014
    paulkerrison