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Windows 7: Honeypot reveals mass surveillance of BitTorrent downloaders

08 Sep 2012   #1
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
Honeypot reveals mass surveillance of BitTorrent downloaders

Ever used BitTorrent to download a song? A book? How about a film or a TV show?

It's highly likely that within 3 hours of doing so, the copyright enforcement people were on to you, monitoring your IP address, according to new research.

A Guy

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08 Sep 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

eh:/ I must admit i have used it before, for my own personal wants. Mainly for programs and applications. not proud of it either.
Not a daily downloader or anything. Maybe once every 2 weeks or so.
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10 Sep 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Don't use bitTorrent, you're asking for trouble. i never downloaded a thing from them (or limewire, etc)
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10 Sep 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

I never have used a torrent and never will. It's stealing in my mind. I'm not sure monitoring would be illegal. You can put guards or cameras in a bank to monitor looking for robbers without a court order. You don't need a court order for the police to have a stake out and monitor suspicious people. Now if you want to tap into a line of some kind or get information from a ISP you just might have to get a court order.
Why some people think stealing with a computer hurts no one is beyond me.
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10 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Totally fake of course. There were menaces for illegal downloads for years, with cops just about break in your home at the very first illegal bit you get, but rarely, if ever, happens anything.

It's really difficult to track a torrent downloader just by its IP, mainly considering many have dynamic IP, torrent clients use encryption by default, and private trackers are almost impossible to hack by the copyright guys. Pirate Bay is an excellent example, raided and in 3 days back as if nothing happened (and just read the legal menaces section for how much do they care).

Save maybe for a few localized actions against a few users, nothing will happen, if something at all. Half the internet users would be in jail if it were true.
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