Net filter: Faster to hack than download

On condition of anonymity, three IT security consultants have confirmed that it takes less time to hack the Australian Government's Net filter than it does to download it.

The politics of Net filtering are beginning to emerge. After pulling out from the ISP filtering trial, iiNet cited 'corporate social responsibility' and the government's '
ambiguity of "unwanted material"' as the reason for pulling out of the trial.

Meantime, Telstra is funding an education and support program to assist children to develop their online safety skills.


Craig Thomler said…
For fairness, NetAlert was a program of the previous Liberal government that was discontinued by the present Labor government in favour of pursuing ISP-based net filtering.

Before the last government change there was already evidence that the free filters provided via NetAlert were easy to bypass or hack.

There are a number of commercial internet filters also available on the market which people can purchase and may offer a greater level of parental control over childrens' browsing behaviour.