MP3 How Will The RIAA Spin This?
posted by November 6 at 12:22 PMon
Real story: You guys may remember Limewire, one of the many computer programs that popped up in the wake of the original Napster. Works the same, except it allows Internet file sharing for more than just MP3s. Thing is, if you configure the program without knowing what the hell you’re doing, you can share your entire hard drive, which means someone can pop on the search wire, look for terms like “passwords” or “IRS” and steal your information. Seattle’s Gregory Kopiloff got caught doing this very thing to rack up credit card charges.
Spin story: “Millions of consumers expose their sensitive information when they use P2P file sharing networks and thousands of potential criminals a day search and find this information to commit ID theft and fraud.”
Translation: OMG OiNK IS IN UR INTERNET STEELIN UR LOOTZ
Give me a break. Kopiloff is obviously a total tech douchebag, but, well…your computer on the Internet is like a car sitting in an unlit parking lot in downtown Detroit. Pay attention and lock it up—it’s truly not that difficult. What’s more, the popular BitTorrent protocol is actually designed to prevent Kopiloff-style searches. Scare stories are the RIAA’s bread and butter in resisting the inevitable, so here’s to hoping they don’t pick up on this story (which, to be clear, they haven’t just yet) and pollute the newswire with more misinformation about the evils of the Internet.