MPAA Accused of Hiring Hacker
May 26, 2006 5:17 AM
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Suit filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California accuses MPAA of hiring less than legal consultants
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), along with the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA),
have stepped up their attacks
against illegal file sharing in the US. One of the web sites being sued by the MPAA, TorrentSpy,
has now filed a countersuit
because it claims the MPAA hired a hacker to spy on the internal operations of the web site. Valence Media, the company that operates TorrentSpy, claims that the MPAA offered a hacker $15,000 to gather information on the company.
The hacker reportedly stole a spreadsheet that contains income and expenses for dates ranging from January to June 2005. The hacker turned over information that shows the relationship that he had between the MPAA after being told to gather incriminating information against Valence Media.
Representatives from the MPAA deny the
accusations pitted against them
by TorrentSpy. The trade group also says this is just a "desperate attempt" at covering the overall idea that the site allegedly facilitates piracy. Some analysts believe if the case does go to court, this example of industrial espionage via paid hacker will be one of the most high-profile tech-related lawsuits in years.
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RE: Who could have imagined it?
5/26/2006 8:30:25 AM
I believe it would. I was told about a patent infringemnet case involving Motorola, and a competing company. Basically a design for a Motorola phone was stolen, and a Motorola employee noticed the offending design at a test lab, and he, um, borrowed the phone to take back with him. Long story short, since Motorola stole the phone, their case was thrown out.
RE: Who could have imagined it?
5/26/2006 10:35:35 AM
Imagine, poor grandma/grandpa defendants had paid the hacker fees..
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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