Quick. Which is safer:
- Slapping down your hard-earned cash for a DVD at WalMart, or;
- Buying your album on line, then downloading the vendor’s version, or;
- Downloading an album for free through BitTorrent or the like?
If you answered “Number Three,” you were probably correct.
P2P file sharing offers some risk of infecting your computer with dangerous, unknown and unwelcome code. But until recently, an off-the-shelf Sony BMG disk purchased from your favorite music source presented a 100% risk. And what about other vendors?
While they blurt, “We do not install rootkits on our discs,” it sounds more to us like “I did not have sex with that woman.” The real answer may depend on what the meaning of the word “rootkit” is. A cloud of suspicion now hovers over an industry that was already in deep, deep trouble.
Speaking of trouble, some experts have recorded a startling increase in the quantity of viruses plaguing the p2p community. What makes you think Sony BMG or its cohorts aren’t behind them, building distrust among users for p2p file sharing? A month ago, we would have brushed off the very idea as nuts. Today? We’re not so sure.
At any rate, the music-movie industry’s quest for a new business model just became more urgent. Time’s running out.
Disclaimer: Email Battles does not condone illegal copying, and our past articles (and the flames) prove it. You oughta pay the producer for the movie or album, no matter how you got it.
- “Damage Runs Deep With Sony-BMG Fiasco; Thomas Mennecke; Slyck; 17 November 2005.
- The Death of Sony BMG; Email Battles, 11 November, 2005.
- P2P Attacks Up, IM Hits Down; Tim Gray; internetnews; 2 November 2005.
- p2p Shriekers Force Network Lock-Downs; Email Battles; 17 November 2005.
- P2P Safer Than Buying The DVD; Email Battles; 11 November 2005.
- Rootkit Guru: Win 9x/ME Are Hopeless; Email Battles; 13 December 2005.
- Signature War: Rootkits vs Antivirus; Email Battles; 19 October 2005.
- Threat Center Reports Significant Rise in Targeted Attacks on Instant Messaging Networks; Government Technology; 11 July 2005.