[ISN] Recording industry Web site swamped after anti-pirating proposal

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Date: Wed Jul 31 2002 - 00:07:35 PDT

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    NEW YORK (July 30, 2002 6:42 p.m. EDT) - In an apparently deliberate
    denial-of-service attack, an onslaught of traffic crippled the Web
    site for the Recording Industry Association of America over the
    The disruptions began Friday, a day after Rep. Howard L. Berman,
    D-Calif., formally proposed giving the entertainment industry broad
    new powers - including deliberately interfering with file-sharing
    programs - to try to stop people from downloading pirated music and
    A denial of service attack directs so much traffic to the Web site as
    to effectively render it unusable for legitimate visitors. The RIAA
    said the attack continued through Sunday and did not involve breaking
    into internal systems.
    "We can only wonder if some of these people don't have something
    better to do during the summer than hack our site," said RIAA
    spokesman Jonathan Lamy. "For some, perhaps it at least provided a
    temporary distraction from illegally downloading music."
    Berman's bill would not allow such denial-of-service attacks against
    Web sites. However, his office said it would allow copyright holders
    to overwhelm peer-to-peer networks by making repeated requests for
    specific pirated files.
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