Want to Protect *Us*?
Commentary by Kenny Love
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Today, (Wednesday, August 28, 2002), the RIAA web site was not only hacked into once, but twice. When I received
the notice from MSNBC, on one hand, I snickered, while on the other hand, I questioned why such an organization
that is heralding a cause to "protect" musicians and their works, is not more protective of, and has
not implemented more advanced security measures with its own web site.
Just think...if this was your bank, of which you had entrusted your life's savings and hard-earned money. And,
in a sense, I suppose that the RIAA can be referred to as a, sort of, "bank" for us musicians, even if
limited to its (now questionable) policing power, in terms of copyright. And, in having said that, to what degree
is the RIAA web site "hack-able?" If hackers can get into the site at all, can they not also venture
into even more highly sensitive territory?
Can you see how all of this could, potentially, come crashing down, so to speak? Hmm...these are truly thoughts
to ponder, aren't
I certainly hope the RIAA has one heck of a backup plan in placebecause I, for one, am certain that the hackers
could have gone much farther, particularly, since they were able to "re-hack" into the site following,
I assume, the RIAA closing the previously hacked area.
However, in not doing so, I also assume that the hackers were sending a strong message to the RIAA that, not only
is it not untouchable, but for it to also review some of the issues it has on the table that are meeting with strong
criticism from both musicians and fans alike. Yeah, I certainly can sleep a lot better knowing that the RIAA 'has
I hesitate in publishing the news release link here, as very often, sites transfer or remove some pages, of which
I then receive countless
emails saying, "Hey, Kenny! The link don't work, dude!" And, to
which I am then forced to respond, "Hey, dude! I take the 5th!" But,
P S. After writing this article, to give benefit to the doubt, I attempted to access the RIAA web site (not hacking,
though), but was largely unsuccessful. In fact, I was completely unsuccessful.
However, what is even more ironic is that, on October 15, 2001,
writer Declan McCullagh, wrote a chilling article titled, "RIAA Wants to Hack Your PC."
Chilling, I tell ya...absolutely chilling!
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