Friday, April 25, 2003

Don't tease the lion, please!

I don't condone either sides action so please don't construe this as support for either side. This one's prompted by the post over on Geek News Central.

Madonna decided to flog various (illegal) peer-to-peer filesharing networks with MP3's which downloaders thought were songs from her new album. What they actually got was a loop of Madonna saying, "What the fuck do you think you're doing" (or similar).

Remember the saying: "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it"? A little bit of research has shown that hackers respond to this sort of thing. Tell them they can't (or shouldn't) will usually provoke a response from one of them.

Obviously, that's all it takes as her web site was shortly hacked and actual copies of the songs were made available from her own URL. This one goes on the list, right after the group of major corporations that have claimed their product was completely secure or unhackable.

Madonna, what were you thinking? You made a childish gesture and expected an adult response?

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