Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

[[Morpheus Says Kazaa did it]]

In a strange twist to the now infamous Morpheus hack story, Kazaa BV founder and FastTrack creator Niklas Zennstrom issued a statement saying "MusicCity (also known as StreamCast Networks) has failed to pay any amounts due to Kazaa BV under the parties' license agreement. As a result of MusicCity's breach, Kazaa BV did not provide version 1.5 to MusicCity. Kazaa has also terminated MusicCity's license."
What this means is that the failure to connect experienced by Morpheus users, was probably due to Kazaa not supplying the new software to MusicCity.
Why would Kazaa deny access to millions of users? Doesn't any filesharing network wholly depend on the number of its users? How much does MusicCity owe Kazaa?
and here's another question, if Kazaa get advertising revenue and rent money from Morpheus for the use of the network, why should we feel sorry for them and accept spyware?

Kazaa also admited to Newsbytes that "advertising traffic generated by users of the competing Morpheus software was redirected to its own servers last week."
But both these statements from Kazaa do not explain what Morpheus called dual attacks. Kazaa issued yet another statement claiming that We understand from public accounts that (Morpheus) also speaks of an attack in the same timeframe. Sharman Networks did not initiate, or have any connection to this attack
As far as the possibility of Kazaa being involved in any modification of a users PC without the users knowledge the statement reads None of this was of our doing.... We have no ability to affect the operations of other licensees.

So in one statement Kazaa deny any involvement to Morpheus' network troubles and in another they claim that they had something to do with it.
For the time being then we have to believe the unlikely story that someone attacked the Morpheus web site while almost simultaneously Kazaa were denying Morpheus users access to the FastTrack network and receiving redirected advertisements from Morpheus...

To add insult to injury Kazaa are also offering a little migration application which offers Morpheus users the opportunity to import their settings and partial downloads to Kazaa.

The Numbers
As the first news concerning this story broke it became evident that the p2p landscape was up for big changes. The RIAA is bound to pounce on FastTrack suggesting that this fuss proves it is a centralized network and can therefore follow Napster's path into oblivion. Unless, of course, claims that Kazaa acted under RIAA orders when it kicked Morpheus out prove to be true.

Since Morpheus bailed out of FastTrack the new Morpheus Preview Edition has been downloaded 8 million times. In the same time period Kazaa 1.5 has received 4 million downloads, proving that it has enticed some Morpheus users. This user leak from Morpheus to Kazaa is bound to continue as long as the software remains primitive and if the Gnutella network buckles under the immense influx of new users.

In an ironic twist Kazaa now claims to be the no1 FREE p2p application. Morpheus is dead. Long live ex-Morpheus users.

So have you made up your mind yet? For Morpheus preview edition go here and for Kazaa 1.5 go here

[[The Morpheus Hack]]

When we reported that Morpheus users were vulnerable, MusicCity vehemently denied any such possibility. Following 2 days during which the Morpheus site was down however, an official announcement from Steve Griffin, StreamCast/Morpheus CEO claims:
"This week MusicCity and Morpheus users suffered dual attacks. First, early this week MusicCity's servers were hit by a massive Denial of Service attack. Soon thereafter, Morpheus users found that a separate attack had been launched on their computers and their Morpheus software programs."
The most worrying part of the letter though is the following:
"It appears that the attacks included an encrypted message being repeatedly sent directly to your computers that changed registry settings in your computer."
So according to the company, the attack enabled access to a Morpheus users registry when that user attempted to log-on to the FastTrack network.

Scenarios

The reasons behind the attack are not yet clear but many possible scenarios have surfaced.
A popular interpretation of the hacks claims that MusicCity themselves, riding on the recent vulnerability stories, carried out this "attack" in order to dicredit the FastTrack network and find their way out of it. Rumours of Morpheus leaving the troubled network and moving to Gnutella had already been spreading and such an attack would offer a great excuse.
MusicCity is officially denying any involvement and in an official statement claims
"Lastly, we want to address some of the misinformation we've seen recently. There have been many comments that we caused these problems intentionally. Let me assure you that we would NEVER treat the Morpheus users in this fashion. Others have said we would re-launch with a paid subscription model, again, not true."

Another scenario claims that the RIAA is behind the attacks. In this way the credibility of the most popular filesharing program would be shaken and as an added bonus the FastTrack network would also be hit. Although such an act is not inconsistent to the RIAA's M.O., proving such a scenario is extremely difficult and no proof is likely to be found.

FastTrack

These events are bound to damage FastTrack.
Firstly questions are raised about the safety and credibility of the network and secondly by abandoning it MusicCity are depriving it from its most profitable customer. The enormous loss of users is bound to affect FastTrack and to further isolate them in their current legal battle with the RIAA.

What Next
Morpheus Preview Edition has already been released and although still rough around the edges, the company claims that it offers a decent alternative to other filesharing programs. The official announcement reads:

"Morpheus Preview Edition, which is based on the very large network of Gnutella users. The new software will provide you with the ability for faster searches, the display of more search results, and many more new and exciting features. KEEP IN MIND that this is only our preview edition. Any time change occurs, many object and think the old version was better. Our objective is to create a new and exciting software product."

Considering that most gnutella users have already settled for a client i.e. Limewire or Bearshare Morpheus will have to work hard to regain its title as the most popular download on the net.

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Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

Yeah This is true because i didn't realize it at the time, but my Computer was screwed up after i connected to morpheus. i shut it down like normal and i went to start it up the next day and it said regestry had been tampered with and system.ini was missing. I didn't know what happened but now i do. i will never connect to morpheus again. if i were u i would never either.

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

This is a classic case of companies canibalizing each other and screwing users in the process. Kazaa maybe a good network but they have limitations that morpheus did not such as the spyware issue. Morpheus has recently been the target of the recording industry and if the grammy announcement is a sign then i think its safe to say that now every file share company is gonna screw each other and kiss the big recording execs asses in order to stay status quo. tisk tisk tisk oh how the mighty have fallen. :(

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

Look.. Why make a moprheus...yes, there is spyware in kazaa ,, so??...i really don't care if some worker in kazza see what i download, it´s more stable than Moprheus, and it allways works, unlike the connecting problems with morpheus, KAZAA !

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

Look...I have been using Kazaa since it was made.As a freeware program it has some problems,but not serious ones.I send this comment just to reccomend the program to anyone who doesn't know or heard about this...

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

Obviously you don't know the crap that spyware can cause but hey, i'll just let you live in ignorance. Morpheus unlike kazaa is a lot less buggy and often it works a lot better. The real problem is not morpheus itself but attempts by the file share creators to appease the recording industry by screwing their users. Look at what napster is being made into if u need any more proof. Oh and if u expect kazaa to get better than your again living in ignorance cause after morpheus is down then kazaa will have all morpheus and napster users turning to them. This will make kazaa the perfect target to be eliminated. Its classic divide and conquer. Thats why file share programs arent lasting long. They issolate each and eliminate them. Morpheus is the current target. Everything else is irrelevent.

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

Personally, I can wait for morphueus. Any body who tries to exploit file sharing for any reason, shouldn't be considered worth sharing, or looking at their advertisements. And on top of that, actually disconnecting millions of users from file sharing is wrong, and should be seen as an attack at the heart of file sharing. LONG LIVE MORPHEUS

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

morpheus preview edition iz an insult to the morpheus community. i was a morpheus fan, now im kazaa best friend. just to say that its the end of morpheus. so f**k everyone who likes the new morpheus "preview" edition. stay well kazaa, ill be there as long as you live. farewell...

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

Morpheus PE is only a preview, its like a demo for a new game, its never as good as the actual artical, its just to give you a look at whats to come. Just wait for the launch of Morpheus 2, it will kick KaZaas' ass into space!

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

The only thing I would like to say is that MANY viruses can be downloaded from KaZaA.I know this because of my experience with them and I wouldn't reccomend this sharing program.I don't know the Morpheus program but I am sure it is better than KaZaA...

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

Well I used to use Morpheus until their network went down the loo then I downloaded KaZaA and I've had no problms with that. I don't fear viruses... I only use the software to download MP3s mainly and viruses can't live on 'em.I have seen the new Morpheus at my friends house and yes it stinks bad... very bad. It's an awfull program! It's total diabolic.

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

kazaa seems to be exactly identicle in design to morpheus. However kazaa's latest version is a lot more profitable to adventiseing and research companies. There are at least 3 or more spyware tools loaded into its interface including that stupid gigapet that offers a lot but does nothing but shit. hehe You sadly can not remove the spyware programs with adaware since like windows its linked heavily to internet explorer. I reccomend kazaa only until either morpheus gets better or another file share program enters the mainstream.

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

I had Morpheus til it stopped working after it stopped working, my firewall started blocking like 1000 people a day trying to hack me, im not sure if its cuz of morphues or my other issues but if u had the same problem msg me on ICQ @ 43626820

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

My friend had got a virus from KaZaA.Name:Win95.CIHThe virus may cause damage to the user's computer on the 26th of month.The virus hides itself unused portions of the host,so the host size does not change.This specific virus can delete the BIOS so in little words you must find another BIOS(VERY DIFFICULT!!!)or the best solution will be to buy another motherboard.Oh!And those of you who use KaZaA.Do NOT ever download Warcraft III keygen or Hercules the game.Warcraft III keygen installs a trojan horse in your computer!!!I don't reccomend those kind of sharing programs...

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

KaZaA is the way people,I used to use Morpheus, it died, I went to KaZaA and as yet have had NO problems with it whatsoever.I downloaded Morpheus P E , and , to be honest - if they had have spent more time on getting the stupid shit bug proof, instead of using their time to make all the tab/selection buttons (eg connect) to have pretty little pictures, maybe I would still be with them. But I arent, and I recommend KaZaA to anyone who needs a new P2P program.~~~~~~~~~~~LONG LIVE KaZaA~~~~~~~~~~

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

I recently heard an interesting thing on 'TechTV'. They said that soon morpheus will begin working with RIAA and have the ability to delete files that are downloaded through morpheus after a certain time period!!! Screw that, I'll delete my own files.. thank you!

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

i was a big fan of morpheus and allways will be. who the f**k wants some pencil d**ked asshole snoopin around on your f**kin comp. ya, the new preview edition is a piece of shit, BUT IT'S A PREVIEW! ITS NOT COMPLETE! besides, u dont get as many f**kin bugs and viruses from morpheus as u do from kazaa. all u kazaa users can suck my d**k!EAT SHIT AND DIE-DUKE NUKEM-

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

I think i know now why morpheus users are getting a lot of hack attempts lately. When morpheus was hacked, the hackers downloaded the most valuable section of morpheus itself, the logs. Morpheus like many fileshare programs has a central log that contains the ip addresses of all its users. This log helps morpheus determine who is a member and who is not. When the hackers took the log and corrupted it, morpheus had no way of sorting members from non members. I think morpheus has switched to their new version in order to give them time to rebuild the log. Till then though, any morpheus user that may have been on there for the last few months is likely to have their system hacked, as hackers determine who is hackable and who is not. Be on your guard though because once they are finished with morpheus they will go after kazaa since kazaa is identicle in design to morpheus. As far as virus attacks go, always check the file size of programs cause if its too small or too big then maybe its best to remember this quote, If it smells like shit, just delete it.

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

Man i loved morpheus it was a dream to me. All the sharing and downloading. Then suddenly one day i was downloaiding and it kicked me out the server i decided to reconnect. It got on but had a slow download speed so i restarted my computer and figured it out it wouldnt reboot so i have to F*ck*n reboot it. DAMNIT!!!

Morpheus Says Kazaa did it

To all those who use kazaa:It is, as we all know, a pretty good and reliable program. But for those who don't know, there is version 1.6.1 out now, allthough i have trouble Dl'n it. Kazaa is good yes, but it has many error under windows and you run the risk of getting virus's in any "EXE" files you download. So, b careful of them. But for music, and songs you havn't heard in ages, it's very good.I'd like to address the issue to do with kazza altering other users PC's? Is this true? I know one or two people that won't use kazaa for that reason, and the numbers on kazaa have been dwindeling some. Where there was a normal 1.7 million users on at one time, it was as low as 400,000 two or three days ago, which goes to show that a lot of people have been affected, and are not going for kazaa.For kazaa's sake they might want to fix the problem ASAP because people won't use what they know is bad for them. It's common sense. And, since the new version of 1.5 and above, you no longer have the option of chatting to other users, which i think was half the fun while you waited for your downloads to be done. But alas, this is gone, making kazaa just a place to get movies, pic, music, and apps.Unless you have a fast connection, there isn't worth getting anything else.In the end i leave the decision to you ppl. Do you want it? It is the easiest way to find the song you want, but the popups, and problems that can be involved are a little pretensious, and hard to deal with. But if you like it, go for it!

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