Australia blocks access to popular university cheating websites visited by thousands every month

University students will have to abandon dodgy practices after the higher education watchdog blocked a series of academic cheating websites.
Australia’s university regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), has for the first time used special new protocols to prevent access to popular cheat sites.
The 40 websites blocked by the regulator are visited around 450,000 times a month, Education Minister Jason Clare said.

“Illegal cheating services threaten academic integrity and expose students to criminals who often attempt to blackmail students into paying large sums of money,” he said in a statement.

“Blocking these websites will seriously disrupt the operations of the criminals behind them.”

It’s the first time the regulator has used new protocols it developed with the communications industry and internet service providers to stop people from accessing cheating services.

The protocols streamline the process of blocking illegal sites and allow the regulator to enforce Australia’s anti-trade laws on academic cheating.
Laws introduced in 2020 have made it a criminal offense to provide cheating services on a commercial level. Those found guilty of the offense face two years in prison and a fine of up to $111,000.

The laws also allow the Federal Court to compel transportation service providers to block access to these cheat services.