ISP iiNet will block peer-to-peer file sharing on the free wi-fi network it has been contracted to build and operate for the ACT Government, in a bid to prevent users breaching its usage conditions. The ACT Government has confirmed with iTnews that it has given Australia’s third largest broadband provider permission to block peer-to-peer file sharing traffic. A spokeswoman for the Chief Minister of the ACT’s Treasury and Economic Development Directorate Kathy Leigh said that iiNet had sought to permission to block file sharing on CBRfree.
Search giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) recently removed links to over 800 Chinese peer-to-peer lending websites from its search results, according to China’s New Business Daily (hat-tip to TechNode). The new blacklist comes after a string fraudulent sites went dark and high-tailed it with lenders’ money, including one just last week. Over 100 such sites have absconded or went bust in recent years, with an estimated US$110 million lost in under half a year.