TPG Internet has been found out misusing its market power to block personal email accounts of anyone it chooses, including a recent attempt on the Australia First Party.
Investigations by our technical resources have revealed that Sydney-based TPG Internet Pty Ltd, a prominent Australian Internet Service Provider, has been found to have arranged personal email addresses to be unilaterally blocked and blacklisted.
TPG Internet under the hostname ‘mx1.chariot.com.au‘ and unique IP address of 18.104.22.168 recently commissioned US-based security software provider, Barracuda Networks, Inc., to list an internal email address of Australia First Party on Barracuda’s Reputation Block List (BRBL). http://www.barracudacentral.org/reputation
Internet domain and hosting enquiries have further revealed that Melbourne-based anarchist hate site http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/ , unilaterally arranged the blacklisting directly through TPG Internet.http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/
But TPG Internet obtained no official authority from any Australian government. It just took the law into its own hands and treated its client, Slackbastard.anarchobase.com, as its only authority to deny email access to Australia First Party.
TPG’s IP address claims it is part of the Total Peripherals Group, but this is deregistered. TPG’s company address is 65 Waterloo Road, North Ryde NSW 2113 (phone 02-9850 0800) and Slackbastard anarchists emailed their diatribe to email@example.com
TPG Internet then commissioned illegal operator: http://www.barracudacentral.org/reputation , which like the CIA, thinks it is a global policeman who can do anyting to anyone. Barracuda’s motto is “Trusted Planet-Wide”.
TPG Internet, Barracuda Networks and Slackbastard are just partners in Cybercrime.
TPG Internet markets itself as a force in the Australian telecommunications industry. It certainly is a force , but clearly some of its operations have delved into unconscionable restrictive trade practices, if not cybercrime.
Under Section 477.3 of the Australian Cybercrime Act 2001 dealing with unauthorised impairment of electronic communication, a person is guilty of an offence if: (a) the person causes any unauthorised impairment of electronic communication to or from a computer, the person knows that the impairment is unauthorised. Penalty: 10 years imprisonment.
TPG Internet appears to have illegally engaged in denial-of-service attack, a form of Internet censorship, which deserves investigation by ASIC. And TPG Internet seems to have a record of blocking email addresses for no reason and otherwise for annoying many of its owns customers:
The unemployed anarchists behind Slackbastard, @ndy Hutchings and Dave Fregon amongst others have form with arranging TPG Internet to block email addresses and websites.
In April 2013 Slackbastard published confirmation that it had similarly blocked a university website by the same means, while trying to attribute the cause to the “Federal Government”. Slackbastard also had links to Occupy Melbourne.
Read the anarchists’ bullshit spiel:
“Melbourne Free University site blocked by Federal Government?” posted on April 11, 2013 by @ndy
UPDATE 2013-04-12: “Apparently as a result of this blog post, social media attention, and questions from the Australian Greens to the Australian Federal Attorney General’s Department, the block has been lifted. But there has not yet been any explanation of why these 1,200 sites were blocked in the first place…”
Huh. That’s odd. According to the Melbourne Free University (MFU), the MFU website — http://melbournefreeuniversity.org/ IP address (22.214.171.124) has been blocked by the Federal Government.
Have you been trying to get on the MFU website and not getting through? Yes? Us too. We’ve spent a few days trying to figure out what is going on, and have finally been told that the MFU website has been blocked by the Australian Federal Government for ‘undisclosed reasons.’
Our supplier is legally prohibited from disclosing any further information to us.
We don’t if we’ve been specifically targeted or perhaps others who share our server have been, if it’s a mistake, or how long we will be unable to access it. Due to the quirks of the blocking regime, some of you will find that you can actually access it, but about 90% of the population can’t.
We can’t believe how O[r]wellian this is! This is the arbitrary exercise of authority with no transparency or accountability, or any recourse to appeal processes. We have absolutely no idea what has happened, why, how we can respond, [or] if we should be contacting lawyers!
Obviously, if we’ve been specifically targeted this won’t work, but we really can’t believe that we have been, and this really is the insidious nature of the process – that we can be blocked by accident, and there’s no accountability at all about it.
So. You can’t view the site from Australia but you can outside of it (so to speak). Why that’s the case is rather perplexing, but no doubt a reason will emerge at some point.”