Cheating students dealt major blow after crackdown

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Cheaters never prosper and now the criminals sitting their tests for them won't either.

The higher education regulator has cracked down on a further 100 websites used by students to cheat on assignments and exams.

The websites offer to sell students essays or assignments or have someone sit exams on their behalf.

Education Minister Jason Clare said illegal cheating services threaten academic integrity and expose students to criminals, who can then blackmail them into paying even more money.

"Blocking these websites seriously disrupts the operations of the criminals behind them," he said.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency has blocked 250 websites since August.

Traffic to cheating websites halved between September and November compared to the previous year after the quality and standards agency adopted new protocols in August last year.

It is illegal to promote or provide cheating services, with penalties including two years in prison and fines of up to $110,000.