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There were red faces at the Indonesian parliament this week after miscreants somehow managed to stream a porn video through an internal TV channel.

Officials apparently struggled to turn off the smut stream from an adult website for 15 minutes before finally restoring control. The incident came in the run-up to the proposed application of a net filter designed to block porn downloads in the majority Muslim country, the BBC reports.

The ban, which will involve the application of mandatory net filter by local ISPs, is due to come into effect on 11 August. Applying an effective block will be difficult if not impossible, as other countries have found.

Valens Riyadi, a head of the Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association, told the NYT that the plan was "unworkable", for a combination of financial and technical reasons explained in greater depth here.

An investigation of the smut-streaming incident in Indonesia's House of Representatives has been launched with few early clues as to the motivation or techniques pulled off to launch the muck-attack, much less who carried out the prank. ®

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