RIAA employing hackers?

Discussion in 'Entertainment & Sports' started by dijital, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. dijital

    dijital Guest

    RIAA plans will cripple the Internet

    Opinion Along with your PC

    By Paul Leba: Monday 26 August 2002, 16:57

    IN THE CORNER of a dark hazy room you hear the whispers of aluminum and copper clad multi gigahertz, water-cooled, and over clocked computing behemoths on an ATM fiber T3 gigabyte network under the command of the most heinous hackers in history, and with only one goal in mind, to hunt down the international P2P network of evil doers.
    This gang of thugs is under the command of non other then the RIAA. Sounds like a synopsis of Vin Diesel's next action flick, but this is not fantasy, it's soon to be fact, a reality brought to you by your friendly neighborhood RIAA branch.

    The recent announcement by the RIAA that they will take law enforcement into their own hands in order to punish P2P evil doers is disturbing. The RIAA intends to use hackers to intrude into the computers of private individuals on file sharing P2P networks. This is outrageous and maybe the greatest form of government supported invasion of privacy that the US (and the world) has ever seen! The RIAA is attempting to rewrite law.

    Who the hell does the RIAA think they are? I can sympathize with the need to protect intellectual property, however the blatant use of hackers to target users computers will lead to a fierce backlash from P2P users. Actually it's already begun – see here . I believe that this crusade that the RIAA is on is a legitimate one but the strategy is flawed.

    The idea that the RIAA will hack into users' computers teters on the edge of the most moronic ideas I have ever heard of. I'm getting flashbacks to my days in high school when I read Fahrenheit 451. Does this organisation really think that it will get away with it?

    The answer is it does, and it will. I have a few questions and observations for the RIAA that I believe can shed some light on the situation for them on why exactly this is the dumbest idea since the advent of the Flowbee.

    I truly don't believe that the RIAA understands that it could dethrone Al Qaeda as public enemy #1.

    Scenario 1
    RIAA hackers enter a computer on a P2P network and wipe the MP3 files off the PC, but willingly or unwillingly release a virus and/or Trojan horse that leads to problems or system failure. Can the RIAA deal with the multitude of class action lawsuits that will follow these actions?

    Scenario 2
    Let's say an unscrupulous user sets up their system to fail if an intrusion is detected from an RIAA related IP, then sues the RIAA for damage. Can they handle the onslaught of similar charges?

    How is the RIAA going to stop private FTPs, email, and newsgroups from swapping MP3s? The reality is that the RIAA can't. In the end, this joke of an attempt to attack computers on the net will end up slowing the net down because the only true weapon the RIAA has is ISP intimidation. I have some advice for the RIAA that could help it little.

    The RIAA should adopt an action plan that is PR based and consumer friendly. The RIAA obviously has no understanding of PR and how to get its point across to the public. It should attempt to paint a picture for the public that harks back to the image of the Allies landing on Normandy, while right now it comes off looking like the Gestapo. The RIAA needs to direct a promotional campaign to the general public that both informs and educates the virtues of why P2P networks represent a fundamental breakdown in the process that brought them the music to listen to in the first place. The RIAA should also push recording companies to have download services that are pay-as-you-play. In other words you pay, let's say, 50 cents for a song and it's yours to download.

    Currently the RIAA has a major image problem. It represents billion dollar recording companies and several dozen multimillion dollar recording artists. This position will not garnish any public sympathy from anyone; imagine the girl next door thinking "poorL XYZ Recording Company Executive can't buy a new Porsche because I'm trading 100 Gigs worth of MP3s on-line; screw them!" The RIAA needs to build an image that they are the representatives of small struggling artists that need the revenue from CD sales, which is in fact true.

    The protection of intellectual property is a fundamental part of the foundation of our beloved "Laissez Faire" economy and if we don't defend it then the RIAA will screw with our PCs and slow the internet in the process! µ
  2. KDawg

    KDawg Guest

    The RIAA is just a bunch of jerks....
    I will never purchase another CD, just for the fact that the RIAA gets my money.....

    Hmmm.....according to http://www.boycott-riaa.com/facts/facts.php

    They get 2 dollars for every cd-rw drive sold....So they don't "like" piracy but they get 2 bucks for the very thing that enhances piracy....Kind of Ironic
  3. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

    Wow, that looks just like the story I posted on the front page :D
  4. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Between Austin and Tampa
    lol yes jewellz but instead of clicking it you can click 2 different things and get here.. its more interesting to take the long route :)

  5. AMDClocker

    AMDClocker Guest

    they need not invoke the wrath of non elite hackers but millions of so-so hackers. Those guys wont be able to check the e mail :)

    i mean if they think 4-10 guys with elite machines can shut the internet down ill buld a new machine ...simple ..and im not the only one : ))))
  6. ssj4conejo

    ssj4conejo Guest


    IF i ever get hacked, there will be very very large amount of hackers 2 million plus that will gather up, not only if i get hacked, if anyone does, go around irc tell ur friends make a chain letter. and get people to hack RIAA, i wana see their SITES backbone connection destroyed before 2003.... They are PUBLIC Enemy #1,
    People get ready, cuz its HACKING Season.... lol :cool: :eek:
  7. anewhope

    anewhope Guest

    If they hack me, ill accuse them of all sorts, possibly planting secret documents revealing their plans to cross all of the record labels and steal all their business, oh yeah, some kid pr0n too might get them in trouble :D

    Failing that, I could just go round to their offices with a big spade and split their connection for as long I can take it! he he
  8. cashishift

    cashishift Guest

    what i find funny.. is that a few days ago.. the RIAA website got hacked.. someone straight up owned them..

    i wish i would have saved that.. it was worth saving too..