Fileserve Blocked by UK ISPs Over a Single Porn URL Report

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK's Internet Watch Foundation switched off most UK access to Fileserve over the weekend, after one single report of a "child abuse" photograph being found on the file sharing site triggered alarms.

Both free and premium accounts of users trying to download files shared through Fileserve were denied access late last week and over the weekend, with many UK users receiving the standard IWF blocking error when trying to access download links.

According to a Virgin Media employee quoted by ISP Review, the problem is likely to have been caused because the IWF requested the block of one single Fileserve URL, which caused the ISP's proxies to take out access to most of the site. [ZDNet]