(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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  1. identicon
    hacker, 20 Sep 2010 @ 5:46am

    @14

    parking ones car sideways in the wy of a parking lot entrance
    IS NOT vandalism as nothing was damaged just as in this case nothing was damaged ONLY there ability to get there lies and crap out to the public

    we have allowed you for ten + years to try and solve these morons only to have them continue to harm the greater societal mantra.

    NO LONGER.


    so #14 you consider it vandalism when a group of environmentalists block a road to stop logging?
    YOU consider it vandalism when protesters gather and block off a road?

    YOU sir need your head re examined
    and i will say it.
    if your not with us you are against us. THE time for being nice has ended.

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