Hackers Surreptitiously Downloading Mr. Bean To Your Computer?
from the what-will-they-think-of-next? dept
A few years ago, we noted a novel approach to people defending themselves against computer crime: "a virus did it." It even worked for a guy who was charged with tax evasion, despite the fact that no virus could be found on his computer -- and it only seemed to impact him. However, with malware writers getting more and more sophisticated these days, it's increasingly likely that malicious hackers could do bad things on your machine, leaving you on the hook. We've already discussed how the entertainment industry's lawsuits seem weak since they can't really prove who was responsible for anything they see -- and it looks like some malicious hackers may be taking advantage of that. Someone over at Digg points to a story about a surreptitiously installed rootkit that installs BitTorrent and starts downloading movies (in this case, Mr. Bean) to the infected computers. It's not hard to see how someone could then be accused by the entertainment industry of illegally sharing the movie, even though they had no idea it was even on their computer. While the original poster isn't entirely sure why they're doing this, it's not hard to come up with a few ideas. Remember those online extortion rings that would threaten sites with denial of service attacks if they don't pay up? Imagine the same thing directed at individuals, threatening to get them in trouble for all sorts of illegal things on their computer that they had no idea were even there.