Re: File sharing with Bittorrent: what possible security threads?



There are a ton of security problems in Bittorrent.

1) As you mentioned embedded malware, trojans and other nasties in the files that people are downloading.

2) Bittorrent clients have had some security flaws exposed in them recently. Utorrent recently had a flaw that allowed an attacker to execute code.

3) Bittorrent sites are not that secure. Many users will use a common password for everything. When a bittorrent site gets hacked and user accounts passwords are exposed, it leads to account hijackings elsewhere.

4) When you are downloading/uploading, your IP address is visible to the everyone in the same download. You know the problems with that.

5) The legal implications. See number 4 on how you get caught. Bittorrent is the new Napster, Kazaa, Limewire, eDonkey. Everyone is using it now and it has the attention of the world at the moment.

6) Bittorrent is not liked among the higher level "release" groups. There is an ongoing war between the "elitist" hackers who are the first to crack software and strictly use FTP to share amongst themselves and bittorrent sites. They get mad when they see their releases that were only meant for their groups ending up on bittorrent sites. They wage war on the sites and problems 1-4 are of even greater concern.

Those are some basics that I can think of.



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