In other chat rooms yesterday, whole albums of free MP3's were hawked with blaring capital letters. worldwide at any time, and many of them are engaged in legitimate activities, network administrators say. And the Internet viruses and ''denial of service'' attacks that periodically make news generally get their start there, too. is where you are going to find your 'elite' level pirates,'' said John R. The pirated copies of music, films, games and other software were generally distributed using a separate Internet file-transfer system, said a Justice Department spokesman, but the actual pirates generally used I.
And in a far less obtrusive channel, a hacker may well have been checking his progress of hacking into the computers of unsuspecting Internet users. Yet that pirated copy of Microsoft Office or Norton Utilities that turns up on a home-burned CD-ROM may well have originated on I. This week, the network's chat rooms were abuzz with what seemed like informed chatter about the Sasser worm, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers over the weekend.'' I. Wolfe, director for enforcement at the Business Software Alliance, a trade group that fights software piracy.
Particularly wary users can try to hide their identity by logging in to I.
'' As more and more people get broadband, they are moving away from AOL and they still want to have chat.'' For end users, using I.
IT was just another Wednesday on the sprawling Internet chat-room network known as I. 2.'' In the DDO-Matrix channel, illegal copies of Microsoft's Windows software and '' Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,'' an Xbox game, were ripe for downloading. has a way of permeating into mainstream piracy.'' Two weeks ago, the F. I., in conjunction with law enforcement agencies in 10 foreign countries, announced an operation called Fastlink, aimed at shutting down the activities of almost 100 people suspected of helping operate illegal software vaults on the Internet. to communicate and coordinate with one another.'' The groups targeted as part of Fastlink are alleged to have used I. Warez, pronounced like wares, is techie slang for illegally copied software.
In a room called Prime-Tyme-Movies, users offered free pirated downloads of '' The Passion of the Christ'' and '' Kill Bill Vol. to have committed their crimes, like almost all other warez groups,'' the spokesman, Michael Kulstad, said in a telephone interview. It is still possible -- though sometimes a bit difficult -- to find mature technical discussions among the tens of thousands of I.
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There is really no structure on the Internet for policing I.
at one time, and they all go park themselves in a channel somewhere so someone can come along and tell them who to attack.'' Mr.
developers and administrators said that they were contacted by federal law enforcement officials fairly often. Bierman said that he sometimes cooperated in helping the government track down specific people using I.
That is because in addition to supporting text-only chat rooms, I. That capability has a lot of legitimate uses for transferring big files that would be rejected by an e-mail system. How can a hacker direct his army of compromised drones to the target of the day? Bierman said, adding that a worm may well include a small custom-made I.
client program (in the same way that Internet Explorer is a Web client program and Eudora is an e-mail client program). On an unmoderated network, the most popular channels are often dedicated to trading music, films and software. allows a user to send a file directly to another user without clogging the main server. In all of the noise, legitimate users find the target site unavailable. C.'' Each time it breaks into a new computer and turns it into a drone, the program copies itself and proceeds to keep scanning, and so very quickly you can have a very large number of drones,'' Mr.
Even as much of the Internet has come to resemble a pleasant, well-policed suburb, a little-known neighborhood known as Internet Relay Chat remains the Wild West. remains the place where people with something to hide go to do business. '' If they were only associating with each other and inbreeding, maybe we could coexist alongside them.