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[] RIAA will legal Hacken und bekommt DOS-Attacke,

US-Gesetzentwurf will Hacken von Peer-to-Peer-Netzwerken erlauben

RIAA Web site disabled by attack

By Declan McCullagh 
Staff Writer, CNET

July 29, 2002, 4:20 PM PT 

WASHINGTON--The Recording Industry Association of America's Web site was
unreachable over the weekend due to a denial-of-service attack.

The apparently deliberate overload rendered the site
unavailable for portions of four days and came after the group endorsed
legislation to allow copyright holders to disrupt peer-to-peer networks. 

The malicious flood started on Friday and did not involve any intrusion
into the RIAA's internal network, a representative for the trade
association said on Monday afternoon. Nobody has claimed credit for the
denial-of-service attack, which ended at 2 a.m. PDT on Monday.

"Don't they have something better to do during the summer than hack our
site?" asked the RIAA representative, who asked not to be identified.
"Perhaps it at least took 10
minutes away from stealing music."

Denial-of-service attacks overwhelm an Internet site by enlisting
hundreds or thousands of other machines that attempt to make
simultaneous connections. The resulting overload resembles a physical
traffic jam: Few people can get through.

On Thursday, the RIAA endorsed a bill written by Rep. Howard Berman,
D-Calif., that would authorize copyright holders to begin "blocking,
diverting or otherwise impairing" peer-to-peer networks.

RIAA CEO Hilary Rosen said in a statement that Berman's bill was "an
innovative approach," adding that "it makes sense to clarify existing
laws to ensure that copyright owners--those who actually take the time
and effort to create an artistic work--are at least able to defend their
works from mass piracy."

Berman's bill, co-authored with Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., would allow
the RIAA to engage in precisely this kind of denial-of-service attack
against peer-to-peer networks where illicit copies of music are traded.

The RIAA, which receives connectivity through WorldCom's UUNet
subsidiary, said it would not speculate about the reason for the attack.
A representative said it appears
to have been the first time the group's site had been knocked offline.

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