Malware on p2p

cadillac25
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Malware on p2p

Post by cadillac25 » Mon May 25, 2015 3:47 am

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0016-p2p-file-sharing-risks

Is this article legit. Is there a way malware is likely to change your save folder on a peer 2 peer file sharing program. Would it add personal files on its own into the share folder on its own. I didn't know if this website was a little far fetched trying to keep people away from limewire etc.

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by hotdoge3 » Mon May 25, 2015 8:39 am

Thats how file sharing works and limewire is bad as, I seen loots of PC's full or spyware from limewire, torrent not so bad but work the same may be it just luck ?

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by c۞g » Mon May 25, 2015 12:59 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer-to-peer

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by cadillac25 » Mon May 25, 2015 1:38 pm

I know you share the stuff you download. But p2p doesn't upload your whole computer on to the p2p network. That website says malware can do that. Just wanted to see Hiw accurate that is

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by Site-rater » Mon May 25, 2015 1:47 pm

<quote user="cadillac25">
I know you share the stuff you download. But p2p doesn't upload your whole computer on to the p2p network. That website says malware can do that. Just wanted to see Hiw accurate that is
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Some of the information might be theoretical as if there was a shared-folder-changing virus lurking, I would think it would be all over the news.
The fact is, that malware does exist on distributed p2p networks that self-propagates by stuffing shared folders. There are also dedicated malicious nodes that respond to all search queries and return malicious results, most common on the Gnutella network.

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by cadillac25 » Mon May 25, 2015 2:18 pm

Oh yes I have no doubt that p2p is filled with malware. I just didn't know how likely malware would be able to go through your computer and upload your personal files onto the p2p network on its own.

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by hotdoge3 » Tue May 26, 2015 9:09 am

Oh yes I have no doubt that p2p is filled with malware. I just didn't know how likely malware would be able to go through your computer and upload your personal files onto the p2p network on its own.

not just p2p download a bad file will do that & bad setting on p2p may send all your files all over the NET you can make a folder and call it p2p and only let it be the one to use don't let it have it all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer-to-peer

Studies analyzing the spread of malware on P2P networks found, for example, that 63% of the answered download requests on the Limewire network contained some form of malware.

and its a big job to clean up & if you not take off its back don't use this PC at the bank or make payments

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by cadillac25 » Tue May 26, 2015 12:26 pm

So I misunderstood you sorry. Will a bad file download change your share folder settings

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by Site-rater » Tue May 26, 2015 1:05 pm

<quote user="cadillac25">
So I misunderstood you sorry. Will a bad file download change your share folder settings
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It could. More likely scenario is that mallard could directly upload personal files to the attacker, completely bypassing the P2P software, as the attacker would rather make a quick buck selling it on the black market than just publish it for everyone to see.

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RE: Malware on p2p

Post by cadillac25 » Tue May 26, 2015 2:14 pm

Yes I personally would think it would go to the hacker anyways. I don't know what the point would be to upload it to the whole network. I was told by a malware tech he never seen anything on limewire that changes settings or anything like that. But just seeing how accurate that article is that I posted.

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