Tom, I admire you for keeping your cool when the Feds came knockin' at your door. It's amazing how the MPAA jumped to conclusions and was ready to hang you and Newgrounds without due process. Thomas Jefferson must be spinning in his grave over all of the losses of our Constitutional rights from companies that are more interested in profit than personal liberty.
Don't get me wrong - I don't promote piracy. People shouldn't take what isn't theirs. But if someone (or some company) feels otherwise, we are all entitled to due process - you know, that whole "innocent until proven guilty" concept. Even that is faulty, but at least there's a chance to be heard and a case to be made and fought.
With all the groundswell of the anti-SOPA / PIPA/ etc from most of the internet companies, I don't think they'll pass in the near future. But I will tell you this: if for some God-forsaken reason they DO become law, you will see a tsunami of hacks and attacks as never before. I'm not talking about the script-kiddies and wanna-bes - I'm talking about the TRUE hackers - the ones you never see, who never gloat about their accomplishments - the ones that don't get caught. They will tear down the MPAA and all of the businesses that support SOPA, and be relentless in their attacks until the law is repealed.
No, I'm not one of them. But I know they are out there. I know what they are capable of - and I am glad that they are on our side. Because if they don't act first, we stand to lose a lot of on-line business in America by our own hands:
Here's how a foreign hacker can take down a legitimate business in America under the proposed SOPA bill:
- Hacker gains access to some folders on an e-commerce site (not that hard)
- Using simple tools, they create a sub-site that "sells" pirated video and/or audio
- They leave the rest of the site alone as not to bring attention to themselves
- Once that subsite is finished, they pass the URL around to their associates to drum up some activity
- After it's up a few days, they report it (anonymously) to the MPAA - who see the site and then force an immediate junction against the ISP and the site owner
- This will shut down the e-commerce site for a while, costing the owners a lot of money in lost sales. If it's down long enough, it could put them out of business. They will be caught completely off guard, with no recourse to argue the action.
- Now, imagine this happening to big online stores, like Amazon, Ebay, Walmart or to a travel agency or airlines system...It would be a nightmare.
The clowns who are pushing SOPA have no idea of the troubles they will cause - and my personal view on it is this: unless you are very familiar with how the Internet works and how things are interconnected in this global economy, you have NO business in making policy about it's use. We have fools in Congress and the Senate who think that the Internet is AOL; some don't even use a computer. Why the hell are they even voting on this ?
Sorry about my rant - it just bugs me a lot when the government stomps all over our civil liberties and treats us more like cattle and less than human.