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Michael Gracie

BitTorrent now torrent of spyware

In what can only be described as “bound to happen,” the popular BitTorrent file sharing network is succumbing to spyware in its mix.

File sharing networks are notorious distribution mechanisms for spyware. And Direct Revenue, who is supposedly behind the hidden executables in the multimedia files circulating on the BitTorrent networks, is a (supposedly) notoriously sneaky advertising company.

I don’t use any file sharing mechanism, but up to this point, BitTorrent was considered a reliable and effective way of grabbing goodies such as Linux distros. I even used it once for that very purpose. With this type of file sharing, you never know exactly where the file is coming from, as the program shares files both up and down the pipe. For that reason, I’ll hold off next time, and you should too.

***UPDATE***

But just in case it isn’t true, which some people are now suggesting, you should read this post from Slashdot. The commentary regards John Dvorak’s theory on a Microsoft conspiracy against BitTorrent.

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