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Fwd: Police shuts down Internet service provider in Austria !
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- Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 15:41:28
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In article <333512BA.790C@stpoelten.com> Claus Pfleger <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 12:23:38 +0100
>From: Claus Pfleger <email@example.com>
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>Subject: Police shuts down Internet service provider in Austria !
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>Urgent information - please pass to everyone interested especially to
>opinion leaders - we need every international help and solidarity we can
>Austrian police shuts down Internet Service Provider
>What happended so far ?
>The Munich district attorney passed a clue to Austria last year that a
>Internet Service Provider has a picture containing pornographic material
>on his news server.
>Now, at least about one year after that clue criminal investigation
>department in Vienna takes action and confiscates the hole equipment of
>an Austrian ISP at will - ind order to secure some evidence (which won t
>be found any more because of the short lifetime of this data within a
>Besides the financial loss that the ISP (ViP-net) now has to cope with
>there couldn t be seen any sensitiviness watching the acting officers by
>confiscating (maybe there should hang a manual near every computer
>dealing with how to shutdown it).
>Even the stand alone bookkeeping department system which wasn t hangig
>on the Net was confiscated and all bachup tapes. The cops didn t take
>use of an expert.
>To get things right - it is not that we say that criminal prosecution of
>a user uploading illegal material would be wrong - we say yes to
>prosecution on illegal dealing users.
>But the ISP is technically not able to supervise the hole data running
>over his systems and lines and to censor it.
>To eliminate the ISP commercial existence then with action at will
>should not be expected in a country like Austria every day but similar
>actions against other ISP and their costumers can happen again.
>To make things worse:
>In this case the ISP isn t even accused - he is going to be destroyed
>for evidence purpose.
>So far it isn t clear how that illegal data came into the network of the
>ISP (maybe mail or news ?).
>It is also unknown who passed the clue to the authorities (anonymized
>Some could say somebody tries to make mood for the planned media law.
>How practical that the judge in order (as known so far Mrs. Dr. Helene
>Partik-Pable, member of a politicially right orientated Austrian party)
>can act free and help to make law and order.
>In Austria such a mad action can hit almost everybody not - only ISP.
>Based on todays legal situation it seems watching the practice that it
>is possible to confiscate a companies equipment and secret papers for a
>long time at any time.
>The ISP is trying to get up an emergency service but is unable to
>reactivate his around 4000 users (with a high quantitiy of professional
>and commercial users) because there aren t any backup files or even
>To protest against that action more and more ISP and privat homepages
>show black background and on the comming Tuesday hole Austria won t be
>reachable via Internet from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm local time because all
>ISP will shut down their service at that time to protest.
>Contact: Claus M. Pfleger (Master of Law, University Vienna, lawyer in
>E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
>or even better e-mail to the Chancellor of Austria: firstname.lastname@example.org