New web blacklist leaked online
A NEW blacklist of websites has appeared online just days after the Government was left red-faced by a similar leak.
Despite previous official denials, the anonymous post claims the list of websites definitely comes from the Government watchdog.
It also claims the list has been updated since it was first published on whistleblowing website Wikileaks.
"All three lists come from the same Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved filtering software company source and described internally as the 'ACMA' list," the post said.
"Between the 11th (of March) and yesterday, the company did an enormous cleanup of the list. No doubt as a result of the list appearing on Wikileaks."
Wikileaks was brought down by excessive traffic when the first lists were leaked last week.
The list was allegedly edited after reports that it included innocent content such as Wikipedia pages and a dentist's website.
"It is probable that the company only added, but never previously deleted, sites from the updates sent by ACMA," the post said.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy last week denied the leaked list came from ACMA as the numbers didn't match.
"This is not the ACMA blacklist," Senator Conroy said.
"The published list purports to be current at 6 August 2008 and apparently contains approximately 2400 URLs whereas the ACMA blacklist for the same date contained 1061 URLs."
However the new list, dated March 18th, has 1172 entries – much closer to ACMA's tally.
"This new list is about the size the ACMA claimed it to be," the Wikileaks post said.
"ACMA/Conroy in a media release stated that there were 1061 URLs for August 6, 2008. The 18 Mar 2009 list, having apparently being cleaned up, now contains 1172."
The ACMA blacklist is at the centre of government web filter trials, which are at a crossroads after major ISP iiNet left the program yesterday.
The publication of the official blacklist could adversely affect government regulation of the web, ACMA said recently.
"Any publication of the ACMA blacklist would have a substantial adverse effect on the effective administration of the regulatory scheme which aims to prevent access to harmful and offensive online material."
"Such publication would undermine the public interest outcomes which the current legislation aims to achieve."
The current list of websites, including alleged child pornography sites, is still available online.
ACMA has warned that anyone distributing the content of the leaked list could face criminal charges.
ACMA and Senator Conroy's office have been contacted for comment.
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