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MPAA fake download site exposed

Post by KenOath »

The detective agency used by the Motion Picture Association of America
has attempted to lure file sharers to a fake download site that installs
spyware on their PCs.

The MiiVi.com site offered downloads of complete movies along with
forums for debate, but also offered software purporting to speed up file
transfers.

In fact the software checked hard drives for copyrighted material and
reported back to the MediaDefender detective agency.

"Unfortunately, with the site down, we cannot analyse the site or this
tool, " said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos.

"But if pirated software was made available for download and had some
hidden processes that reported back to an unauthorised third party,
it is a good thing that it is offline.

"This looks like a case of 'surfer beware' because pirated software is
rarely without a sting in the tale.

"Not only is it illegal, but in this case it allegedly steals information from
your system.
The old adage 'you don't get something for nothing' rings true once again."

MiiVi.com was registered in February in Media Defender's name.
It is not clear how many people have downloaded the software.

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Post by compact-mac »

well, thats odd, a legal body using illegal software.
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Compact-mac wrote:well, thats odd, a legal body using illegal software.
The MPAA isn't a legal organization. It's a money-sucking foundation using legal loopholes and underground political power to achieve its goals.

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Post by blahsucks-two »

It's not really "underground"; we're talking about Universal, Sony, etc, running the show behind the MPAA and RIAA.

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blahsucks-two wrote:It's not really "underground"; we're talking about Universal, Sony, etc, running the show behind the MPAA and RIAA.
I didn't say the organization itself is underground. I said it used underground political power (I don't think they'll be bribing politicians in public ).

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I'd read somewhere that that sort of bribery was a violation of the DMCA.

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ppc_digger wrote: The MPAA isn't a legal organization. It's a money-sucking foundation using legal loopholes and underground political power to achieve its goals.
I agree with you 110%, the MPAA is a heartless [group of] jerk(s), who likes to sue 8 year old girls.
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Jeff wrote:
ppc_digger wrote: The MPAA isn't a legal organization. It's a money-sucking foundation using legal loopholes and underground political power to achieve its goals.
I agree with you 110%, the MPAA is a heartless [group of] jerk(s), who likes to sue 8 year old girls.
And don't forget the grandmas who have never touched computers in their lives. And the dead people.
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Post by casablanca »

Don't forget that the MPAA are too full of themselves and think they're above the law

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and unborn babies too

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MPAA, RIAA, and "net authority" have one thing in common: they all fail royally.
Note that I did not capitalise "net authority". They only authority on the internet is the admins of the web servers, not some dummy who thinks they can block the internet because their 8-year-old clicked an ad and a porn page popped up. If they had any brain, they would know that.

And for the RIAA and MPAA: Sue the rich pirates, not the poor man. He can't afford to buy a new CD every week.
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