Hollywood trade groups say piracy poses cybersecurity dangers

Haven't we heard this one before from the RIAA and MPAA?

Published Thu, Jun 4 2015 5:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:06 PM CST

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) wants help from the US federal government in combating piracy, claiming there is a correlation between piracy and rising cybersecurity problems. Cybercriminals use the lure of pirated content to help infect users with malware, or scam Internet users, according to the MPAA.

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This is a clever tactic by the MPAA, as the US government has increased worries related to cybersecurity - and trying to tie the two issues together could lead to increased anti-piracy efforts.

"Unfortunately, criminal enterprises are also using the Internet to hack into networks and computers for the purpose of stealing valuable data - whether personally identifiable information, trade secrets, or content," said the MPAA, responding to a cybersecurity threat assessment from the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF).

Not surprisingly, the RIAA also offers a similar analysis: "... rogue operators use the offer of infringing versions of our members' sound recordings and music videos as the 'candy' to attract users that are necessary for them to create and exploit cyber vulnerabilities," according to the RIAA. "In llight of this, any discussion addressing malvertising or trusted downloads should also address some of the roots of these problems."

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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