by Mike Masnick
Mon, Sep 20th 2010 4:26am
There's an entertainment industry lawyer who once used his blog to suggest that I had an "army of hackers" at my disposal that I would order to send a denial of service attack against anyone I disagreed with. I thought that was pretty funny in how ridiculous a claim it was. Beyond the fact that I can barely get my dog to follow my instructions (and I feed her!), let alone anyone who reads this site, I think that denial of service attacks are a pretty dumb idea. It does nothing but piss off people and doesn't make any real point at all. So it's really disappointing to hear that the /b/ folks at 4chan decided to use this weekend to DDoS the MPAA and then the RIAA. The thing with /b/ is that even at their most crude and immature, they're usually creative in their attacks. There's nothing at all creative about taking down the MPAA and the RIAA -- and all it does is serve to reinforce their misguided prejudices that it's just a bunch unruly kids who dislike them. On top of that, it gives them more ammo to position themselves as being persecuted by a small minority. It's a dumb move that looks bad and does a lot more harm than good from a group that should know better.
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