I.T. Security and Linux Administration

May 30 2013   6:43PM GMT

“Malware in your system? Good”

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

Who really thinks that allowing to protect IP (intellectual property) by locking it in with malware is such a great idea?  Who?!

Basically the idea is to stop pirating software and people stealing software and other IP.  The law would give the creator rights to basically have a backdoor to the violator’s machine and network, photograph the hacker, ruin their network or their machine, etc…

This is a small post but really, there’s not much to say about it.  Why?  Why would you want to put more money into something that is not going to stop “hackers” from hacking?  That’s like throwing a steak at a dog and telling him not to eat it.

If you want to read more information on this, go here: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130527/21352923220/dumb-idea-dumbest-idea-letting-companies-use-malware-against-infringers.shtml

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  • TomLiotta
    It'll be interesting if an unwitting (or troublemaking?) employee of a company like, say, Microsoft or IBM downloads and uses such a piece of 'malware' inside a corporate network and the network is attacked. If that happens a time or two, especially through an unlicensed piece of a competitor's product, there might be some interesting consequences. -- Tom
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  • Eric Hansen
    My thing though is that I don't feel infecting people with malware is the best way to handle pirating software.  The problem is the conglomerate pricing for whats out there.Take music for an example.  Artists don't make much off of record sales, more so digital sales.  The record company themselves bring in most of that, artists live off of concert sales instead.  But then they have to contend with the venue's pricing, paying all these other fees involved in renting out the place, etc..., that's why a lot of artists don't make it their full-time gig.  Especially now with anyone who can play a note on a guitar thinking they can make it big.  Its great to dream, but if you dream too big your expectations will only falter you.
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  • TomLiotta
    Also, by distributing software with payloads that cause damage, it's a way to distribute even more examples of how to do it. Assuming some well crafted commercial procedures, we might see some new generations of reverse-engineered attacks disguised as legitimate programs. -- Tom
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