Minnow ISP aims counterstrike at RIAA 'legal hackers'

Monday, 26 August 2002, 10:02 AM EST

A small US internet service provider has become the first to introduce a policy of deliberately hampering the music recording industry's efforts to hack users of P2P file-trading networks.

Although the Recording Industry Association of America is currently believed to be involved in no such activity, a bill currently before the US House of Representatives proposes to allow copyright owners to deliberately tamper with suspected pirates' files when they believe copyright infringement is taking place.

New Jersey-based Information Wave Technologies said in a statement this week that the RIAA's proposed actions "puts its customers at risk of unintentional damage, corporate espionage, and invasion of privacy, to say the least." The ISP, which serves New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, has blocked the RIAA web site from its users.

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