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Claire Perry MP Website Hacked By Porn Pranksters

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe's Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

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Porn hater accuses Guido Fawkes of sponsoring hack, confuses a link and a screenshot…

Claire Perry, the MP behind the porn blocking plans announced by the Prime Minister this week, has been left red-faced after hackers defaced her website with references to porn.

Perry went on to claim over Twitter that notable blogger Guido Fawkes had sponsored the attack, having already confused a screenshot posted by Fawkes with a direct link to her site.

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Fawkes posted a screenshot of the hacked page, which he claimed contained explicit adult images. He noted the irony that the site would have been blocked if the new rules to put a default block on pornography had already come into effect. That page is currently inaccessible.

But when Perry noticed Fawkes’ blog, she went on a rant over Twitter, initially claiming Fawkes had been “hosting a link that distributed porn via my website”, which was not the case.

“Apologies to anyone affected by the hacking of my website sponsored by @GuidoFawkes – proves so clearly what we are dealing with,” she tweeted, before suggesting Fawkes remove the non-existent link from his site.

Fawkes said Perry appeared “very confused”, denying any involvement with the attack on Perry’s site. Perry then said she would be contacting the blogger’s editor at the Sun on Sunday, for whom Fawkes also writes.

Paul Staines, who runs the blog, told TechWeekEurope he will be suing unless Perry offers a full retraction of her claim he helped hack her site. He had earlier placed a poll on his site asking whether he should take action.

The plans to censor porn by default have received much derision, with many noting how easy it would be to get around the filters that ISPs will be forced to impose. Many others believe parents should decide what filters are used, not the government.

Claire Perry said she had no comment on the matter.

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