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



On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 10:41 PM, Simon Jolle sjolle
<urandomdev@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi security specialists

My friend is a heavy bittorrent user. He download there pirated stuff
like movies, sound, software, etc

What are the security problems from the file sharing scene (for Mac and
Linux user)? Are there at all issues?

I heard from embedding maleware to Windows Media Files, adding Trojans
to pirated applications, etc

Please provide me a summary about the security incidents in pirate scenes.

thank you

cheers
Simon






one point i haven't seen made clear is the following: the risk of
getting caught transferring copyrighted materials
as hibbard points out in his #4, when you are conncted to a 'swarm',
your IP address is visible to those who interconnect with you.
for a while now, the riaa, mpaa, ifpi and associates are using this to
connect to swarms, thus obtaining ip's from those in the swarm.
ofcourse, there are resolutions for this. look at peerguardian,
ipblock and moblock. these proggies block all ip's known to be of
those instances.

secondly, fake trackers. riaa and the rest put on fake bittorrent
boards to lure people into a trap.
to avoid this, get in touch with the scene. go to torrentfreak and the
likes for info on such schemes.

thirdly, as hibbard pointed out in #3, always use different AND secure
passwd's. if the board has secure login available, use it.

these things should get you reasonable secure against ending up paying
a hefty sum for your escapades ;-)

kind regards,
brabo.



--
Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.
-- Linus Torvalds



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