RIAA wades into hacker row

Ever ready to capitalise on government paranoia, the music business is telling the government if it crucifies music hackers there would be no pirates.

Politicians are getting increasingly worried about the rise of hacking attacks, particularly on government sites, so the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) thinks that it can turn the antics of Anonymous and Lulzsec to its favour.

The RIAA said in its bog that attacks against public websites like the US Senate, CIA, and more recently, the Arizona Police Dept, prove a “lawless Internet” is not a “good thing,” and that legislation like the PROTECT IP Act that would mandate DNS filtering of “rogue sites” is needed.

Yep, in other words, hacking is a sympton of greater lawlessness which started with piracy. If you stop piracy you will stop hackers.

On its site it asks that Senators don’t waver on pending legislation that would require ISPs to block copyright infringing websites. It claims that DNS filtering will save the world from hackers too.

“And in a world where hackers set their sights on new targets every day – most recently the official United States Senate website, allegedly the CIA’s public website and Arizona’s law enforcement database – do we think a lawless Internet defended to the extreme is a good thing?” it said.

They are two different subjects, but when did that ever stop the RIAA.

However it is starting to look like the sudden increase in hacking, mostly by non-traditional, technically less literate hackers, is a response to attempts by various governments to bring the Internet into line. After all Lulzsec and Anonymous have flowered during a period where governments have been listening to the RIAA and bringing in three strikes laws, or attempting to bring in filters.

The RIAA’s problem is because it had a business model which did not understand the rise of the Internet. Anonymous and Lulzsec were not even on the scene when it cocked that up. Filtering the Internet won’t fix the music industry’s determination to stop people getting the music they want when they want it.

Neither will it stop Lulzsec from bringing down the FBI site.