US entertainment industry wants permission to use rootkits, spyware and trojans to take down pirates
In Hollywood’s war against media pirates, their new tactic is trying to get permission from Congress to deploy weapons of hacker destruction on illegal distributors and downloaders— things like rootkits, trojans, spyware and ransomware. Don’t see how this could go wrong.
As much as Hollywood movie studios rant and rave at the top of every mountaintop about how pirating movies and TV shows are ruining their industry, you’d think their own internet records should be squeaky clean. But an end of the year Bit Torrent study has found just the opposite— torrent file sharing of pirated movies, TV shows and video games are rampant in big Hollywood studios such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox.