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SOPA and PIPA and DNS: An open letter to Congress
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SOPA and PIPA are pieces of legislation currently under consideration in the United States Congress that have serious implications for DNS, the Domain Name System which makes possible the Internet as we know it. To give them their full names these bills are HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and S.968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). What follows is an open letter to Congress explaining why these bills, as currently written, are bad for the Internet and bad for our economy.
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An Open Letter to Congress
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Andrew Lee, CEO, ESET North America

November 15, 2011

To Members of the United States Congress:

I am the chief executive officer of North American operations for ESET, a world leader in proactive Internet threat protection. As a CEO working to create well-paid jobs in America, I urge you to reject HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as well as S.968, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Based on my work, and that of my team of researchers, I have to say that this legislation, if passed as currently written, would have a chilling effect on the economy of the United States.

More than 100 million Internet users in over 180 countries rely on ESET products to protect their personal and enterprise data systems. This gives ESET a unique perspective on the DNS filtering proposed by SOPA and PIPA. There is hardly any part of the United States economy today that does not depend upon the smooth operation of the Internet, which in turn relies upon the integrity of the Domain Name system (DNS). The DNS filtering proposed in SOPA and PIPA would seriously undermine that integrity.

While ESET fully supports the goals of protecting IP and reducing piracy, our experiences combatting cybercrime for more than 20 years suggest that SOPA and PIPA will do little to advance these goals. What we are sure they will do is undermine valuable efforts to improve the security of the Internet. Without those improvements, expansion of the global digital economy, of which the United States is clearly a leader, as well as a leading beneficiary, will falter.

Furthermore, the DNS filtering proposed in SOPA and PIPA appears to be at odds with the sterling efforts of United States law enforcement agencies that are leading the world in the fight against cybercrime. I would like to share the perspective of our research team on this, as expressed on our Threat Blog by our Security Evangelist, Stephen Cobb, CISSP:

November 10, 2011 – Today the world woke up to DNS changing and something called DNSChanger. First we had the excellent news of a major FBI bust, taking down a cyber-ring that had infected about four million computers in 100 countries. The operators of this fraud had used a type of malware called DNSChanger to redirect infected computers to rogue websites. For example, Mr. Consumer would type itunes.com into his web browser but end up somewhere other than itunes.com, namely a website chosen by the crooks who had altered the way Mr. Consumer's computer found its way from site to site. (There are plenty of details in the FBI announcement.)....

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how do we rate threads now? this thread deserves 5 stars.
    
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Excellent read. 5star. HR 3261 sounds like the start of a government controlled info stream to me.
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Glad you liked the read on this important subject that one of the leaders in security objects to and took the action writing the 'powers' that are trying to do detrimental things to the Internet.
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Amazing article, really worth the tread, just wish that our leaders weren't trying to do this on purpose so that the big ISPs control everything
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The amount of fail in this proposed legislation could not have been analyzed more clearly than it was in the author's letter. Thanks for sharing.
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Please sign the petition!

www.americancensorship.org

If this passes, not only the US will be affected, but pretty much the rest of the world. Please don't let it pass frown.gif

People, I wanna ask you to please keep political discussions out of this thread, This goes beyond politics, we need to raise awareness on this issue. I don't want this thread closed and deleted, so please, let it stay alive by keeping flamed discussions out of it!
Edited by Icekilla - 11/16/11 at 7:55pm
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Thanks for sharing although i am not an US citizen yet, this concerns world.
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This is probably the single most overreaching piece of legislation re: the internet ever written. This is a GAME CHANGING piece of legislation. This is immense. I will be following this very closely as it unfolds.
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*sigh* All the old farts who still run the record and movie labels pay off all the old farts who run congress so they can turn the internet into television and radio.
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