Digital-music pirates are responding to the music industry's attempts to stamp out music piracy, the BBC reports.

The US music industry has increased its efforts to prevent piracy in recent weeks. The business is pursuing individual file-swappers, has sent warnings to individual downloaders. The business "is thought to be developing programs that hijack the computers of suspected pirates", the BBC reports.

in response, pirates and music fans are developing their own tools to guard their anonymity.

Peer-to-peer news Web sites also provide lists on Internet addresses known to be used by music industry forces. Firewall-equipped music downloaders can block these addresses out, hindering the business in its attempt to get information about them.

The BBC report on the peer to peer fight back is available here.