Earlier today, Sunday, the site of the let's sue infringing college kids-happy Recording Institute of America (RIAA) was hacked clean.
The site is back up now ,but for the few hours it was down, all the pages looked like the grab TorrentFreak took, and we replicate here.
From where I sit, my hunch tells me that a hacker, or hackers, did this in retaliation for RIAA's aggressiveness in detecting incidents of copyright infringement of recorded music- and then going after thousands of those infringers.
This act brings forth stereotypes on both sides.
Yea, the RIAA hanging on for dear life using broken business models, and then summoning the might of the state when those models don't work and CD sales from their music-company masters continue to plummet.
And yes, music companies headed by CEOs who still, in 2008, are cyber-illiterate and still dictate their emails to their secretaries.
But on the other hand...
Let's give 'em a dose of their own medicine," I can picture the hacker(s) mumbling to their overcaffeinated, body-pierced, nicotine-consuming semi-anarchistic selves.
I do wonder, however, how the hackers pay for the lair, as well as the computers and software they used to construct their attack.
Maybe they have a job? Just like the musicians and allied music creators the RIAA's somewhat-overhanded but arguably justifiable actions often take?
I don't care if the hackers are digital guerilla warriors or practical-joker punks.
The way you combat your opponents is not through malicious scripts, or whatever they used to temporarily bring the RIAA site down.
You lobby Congress for a change in the copyright law you find unjust.
Wouldn't think the RIAA site hackers are up to that, though. I'd bet they are part of a crowd that "hates politics." Betcha they aren't even registered to vote.
So what do you think?