Court orders block to university cheat website

For the first time, a court has ordered Australia’s largest internet providers to block access to an academic cheating service. The five-year injunction, made after an application by the nation’s university regulator, requires Telstra, Optus and 49 other telcos to prevent access to and an associated URL, writes Luke Costin for Australian Associated Press.

The company had been permitting advertising of academic cheating services including essay writing, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency said. Notwithstanding an archived page showing it promised “Gauranteed Satisfaction (sic)” the service claimed its staff were capable of writing lengthy and complicated assignments of any subject at the last minute. The website states it is headquartered in Ahmedabad in India.

Laws introduced in 2020 made providing academic cheating services on a commercial level a criminal offence. Those found in breach face two years’ imprisonment and a fine up to AU$111,000 (US$81,000). The new laws also allowed the Federal Court of Australia to force carriage service providers to block access to such cheating services.
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