RIAA site hacked

Thursday, 29 August 2002, 10:50 AM EST

The Recording Industry Association of America's Web site apparently was hacked Wednesday, forcing the music industry backer into a most unnatural act: Providing free music for download.

The RIAA has led the fight against the trading of copyright music on the Internet, but now hackers have returned attack. They altering the organization's home page, changed some content on the site, and made music available for download. Users flocked to the Web site called Fark.com Wednesday morning to display screen shots of the RIAA's altered Web site and to list the songs they were able to download.

"There is a problem with our site that we are fixing," said an RIAA spokesperson who declined to be named. "It should be back up shortly." The RIAA is declining to provide any details about when the "problem" with its Web site began or to confirm that the site was hacked.

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