BitTorrent and Spyware

Some good things never last. If you've enjoyed peer-to-peer networks and file-sharing, you might be getting some spyware in the process.

In Spyware Floods In Through BitTorrent, Ryan Naraine writes that "Because BitTorrent strips digital files into tiny shreds and reassembles them locally once a user completes a download, it has emerged as the perfect place to bundle adware programs among the bits, without the end user ever knowing."

Here's a tip: If you've been using an application that is hugely popular, it's likely that spyware creators will sneak themselves within that system. It looks like such places are "popular" because they involve the free exchange of (high entertainment value) information.

(I wonder how long it will take before we see some type of spyware spread via MMS, for example.)
[ First posted on 06/16/2005 by Manuel Viloria ]



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