|Subject: [hangout] RIAA Website
RIAA's 'Hide The Website' game moves to Virginia By Andrew Orlowski in
San Francisco Posted: 07/03/2003 at 20:41 GMT
The RIAA's travelling "Hide The Website" gameshow rolled into Virginia
this week, with a new hosting company given the privilege (or curse)
of looking after one of the world's most reviled web destinations.
But this strange story gets even stranger.
A few minutes after we reported on Monday that the RIAA's website had
flickered back to life (see RIAA website now routable and public ),
it was down again. The RIAA had given the job to a first-time hoster,
a 'Small Disadvantaged Business' whose owner was maintaining the site
from his home in Rockville, Maryland.
The following day a new company was given the responsibility of Hiding
This time, it's an accounting firm in Arlington, VA called Kilday
CPA. The accountancy firm - whose front page motto is "We're ... NOT
... What ... You'd ... Expect" also runs a Techology Services operation.
Which contains this introduction:-
Wow, who would have thunk it. What organization today, large or small,
doesn?t have technology needs? The fascinating thing is, we ain?t seen
nothing yet. The day of being able to handle your own computer needs is
in the past. Any efficient organization today is using some sort of a
network, and that network is probably tied into the Internet.
If it?s not yet, it will be soon. But doesn?t this bring in another
whole host of issues inside your company? KILDAY CPAs, P.C. is prepared
to help. And before you begin to shake your head, don?t worry, we are
not sending our bookkeeper out to fiddle with your network.
Our technology affiliate has highly trained specialists who have earned
their stripes. We specialize in connecting computers to each other
in one form or another. Whether it is connecting through a local-area
network, a wide-area network or over the internet, we can help. Call us
and you?ll see.
We'd never have thunk that an accounting firm would be hosting the
So we called, found an answering machine, and eagerly await a reply.
Needless to say, the RIAA website remains hidden. Over the past few
months riaa.org has suffered a series of attacks, although the recent
downtime seems to owe more to technical naivety than anything else. In
fact subatomic matter in a particle accelerator - that exists for only
a few microseconds seems - to exhibit more uptime than the RIAA's website.
And we're beginning to wonder if that's the point. You're not supposed
to see it - just find where it's been hidden. ®
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