Music File Flaws Could Threaten Traders

from the industry-FUD dept

While I’m sure the possibility does exist, this story has all the makings of music industry FUD. There’s a new report saying that Windows Media Player and WinAmp are both susceptible to a flaw that would let a rogue MP3 or WMA file play it’s audio while also running code that could let someone take over your computer. This is, of course, exactly the type of thing the music industry wanted to be able to do legally with the help of Berman’s “Hollywood Hacking” bill. However, just the idea that such hacking tracks might be out there is good publicity for Hollywood, who will now probably start a marketing campaign warning people of the “dangers” of downloaded music that can take over your computer.

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