(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
/b/, 4chan, ddos

Companies:
mpaa, riaa



Denial Of Service Attacks On RIAA & MPAA Are A Really Dumb Idea

from the come-on dept

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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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Sep 2010 @ 5:08am

    I dunno, I got to say that the fact that the first target was a company who admitted to using ddos attacks against sites and effectively on behalf of MPAA and RIAA, it seems to me that many would feel that turnabout is fair play.
    Although they can only feel that way if they are given that information in the first place.
    If you make it look like it was naughty juvenile geeks just picking random authority targets then that will naturally be the story,
    a pity when it could have been large companies using criminal methods to shut down websites they don't like got their backsides well and truly spanked.

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