One of the tactics of cyberwarfare has become persuading credit-card/payment businesses to block transfers to organizations being attacked. Recently we saw that tactic applied to WikiLeaks. Now it is a file-sharing site, MegaUpload. The RIAA has branded MegaUploads a “rogue website” even though 70% of Fortune 500 companies use MegaUpload as a file distribution service.
I would bet that either the RIAA backs down or there will be serious legal action in this matter. Lanham Act comes to mind.
43(a)1(b):”in commercial advertising or promotion, misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of his or her or another person’s goods, services, or commercial activities, shall be liable in a civil action by any person who believes that he or she is or is likely to be damaged by such act.”
MegaUpload has stated that most of their revenue comes from advertising so the loss of MasterCard may be minimal but the damage to their reputation could cut down usage and would certainly be potentially damaging. From their FAQ:
“Megaupload is a leading provider of online storage and web hosting services. We offer ad-financed free and affordable premium online storage/remote backup capacity, plus sophisticated uploading and downloading tools. Other users downloading your files earn you reward points that you can redeem for premium accounts and cash.” It seems like RIAA wants to attack a cloud service. Are they insane? Perhaps they are paranoid because they cannot see what MegaUpload is transferring.
“Can I browse your huge file archive?
No. File transmissions through Megaupload are private and confidential in nature. It is therefore impossible to download files that you do not know the links for. However, if you purchase a Megaupload Premium Account, we will give you access to our top100 public files.” That’s it. The RIAA is paranoid.
Another, older tactic, is on the loose. Bank of America is anticipating some abusive domain name usage and is buying them up…