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Court orders block to uni cheat website - 7NEWS

Last updated Thursday, October 7, 2021 00:37 ET , Source: NewsService

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 AssignmentHelp4You.com and an associated URL.

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Notwithstanding an archived page showing it promised "Gauranteed Satisfaction (sic)" the service claimed its staff were capable of writing lengthy and complicated assignments of any subject at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 $111,000.

The new laws also allowed the Federal Court to force carriage service providers to block access to such cheating services.

Justice Wendy Abraham on Thursday said she was satisfied the website had advertised a cheating service.

"This service was expressly advertised as being delivered to students in Australia, amongst others," she said.

After TEQSA alerted the operators of AssignmentHelp4You.com to its investigation, the service appeared to pop up at a second address.

The judge concluded it was another iteration of the same first site and should...

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