Don't legalize hacking by record companies

Wednesday, 7 August 2002, 9:07 AM EST

For example, software companies might win the right to hack computers on the Internet in search of properly documented licenses, crashing systems that have not complied. I imagine it would be a simple matter of adding a port number, which, if not present during a port scan, would flag the computer as being in direct violation of federal laws. Scanning port numbers would be the only way to detect Napster-style networking.

Can you imagine the traffic that would be generated on the Internet if corporations were granted permission to scan for copyright violators? Even more, can you imagine the backlash of retaliation from those affected by these companies? I'm not talking about hacking militias seeking justice. I speak of international boycotts. Companies like Sony would suffer from the boycott of not only record sales, but also computer and electronics sales.

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

Total cost of average data breach reaches $3.8 million

The average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, according to a Ponemon Institute study of 350 companies spanning 11 countries. The average cost incurred for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased from $145 to $154.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Thu, May 28th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2015 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //