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December 19, 2015

Report: BitTorrent Malware Risks Call For Better Security Measures

Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing has become a popular past time, but malware in some files can make downloading games and applications very dangerous to organizations in all types of  industries when the content is downloaded on employers’ networks.

A report recently released by BitSight Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass.-based security firm, assessed the cybersecurity readiness of more than 30,000 companies and found 39% of the games and 43% of the applications available for free on peer-to-peer piracy sites carry malicious software.

The most downloaded games were “Grand Theft Auto 5,” followed in order by “The Sims 4,” “Mortal Kombat X,” “FIFA 15,” and the [...]

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December 8, 2015

Netflix, YouTube, Others = 70% of Bandwidth Use

The most recent report from Sandvine, a broadband industry analyst group, has some interesting conclusions. One of these conclusions is perhaps most interesting to our readers: that 70% of all home broadband usage goes to “home entertainment,” that is, streaming video and music.

As the below graph shows, traffic for “fixed access,” industry code for home users, peaks at night and is dedicated largely to streaming media. The report notes:

For this report, unsurprisingly, Real-Time Entertainment maintains its status as the dominant traffic category in the region and the key driver for continued network growth. Real-Time Entertainment (audio and video traffic) is now [...]

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November 1, 2015

Popular Torrent Release Group YIFY Is Dead

The torrenting landscape undergoes a seismic change as YIFY, a prominent movie-torrents release group goes offline forever.

Following outages and the eventual demise of the wildly popular PopcornTime.io fork last week, its movie supplier-YIFY and its website YTS have also shut down permanently, according to trusted sources close to TorrentFreak.

YIFY was already down to its knees when a DDoS attack from a still unknown source struck the official YTS website 10 days ago. The downtime lasted longer than the usual turnaround time for the website to function again, leading to fears among the torrenting community.

Subsequently, the MPAA-led takedown of popular [...]

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February 5, 2015

BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom Will Protect The Free Internet With Reverse DDoS

The Pirate Bay is back online, but its recent take-down shows that there is an urgent need of a new, more resilient, decentralized and distributed Internet infrastructures and software platforms. In December, we reported that BitTorrent is testing a P2P web browser called Project Maelstrom, based on BitTorrent technology. Project Maelstrom is one of the ongoing initiatives aimed at building a new Internet that works like BitTorrent, decentralized and free. More Project Maelstrom news have been revealed recently.

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