Tuesday, May 28, 2013
MPAA wants the right to infect computers with "pirated movies" with ransomware
Here is a shocking proposal that the MPAA (the Motion Picture Association of America) is floating among members of Congress and probably state legislators. Make it legal for content owners (or their trade group – the MPAA) to infect computers holding pirated material with “ransomware” – which would keep computers unusable until owners “turned themselves in”.
It’s obvious that this infection could occur based on flimsy or wrong evidence, or that real criminals would masquerade as content owners.
The story floated on a site called “Boing” and was tweeted by Webroot today, link here.
Could a pirated YouTube video be infected? What if a blogger embedded if before it got taken down; would anybody visiting the blog get infected with the ransomware?
Is this called , “attack your customers”?
Just don't go through life thinking "It's free".