42% of the torrents contain viral “stuffing”

Posted: September 15, 2012 in IT Security News
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The Pirate BayA quarter of a billion active users BitTorrent – an attractive audience for attackers who litter torrent trackers hand with viruses.

One of the main breeding grounds of viruses – the infamous The Pirate Bay. Group of Spanish researchers decided to study how common is this problem a few days ago they published the results of which can be called a surprise. During the two weeks of the experiment, researchers downloaded 29,330 torrent files, of which 12,209 contain malware or other kinds of fraud. Almost all of them very quickly removed from the site – for a few minutes or a few hours. But the number of files is as menacing: 41.6% torrents contain harmful stuffing.

According to Spanish researchers, the problem is still there, because for those minutes or hours malware time to download hundreds of thousands of users. During the year the victims are recruited millions of fake hands, so that this method of hackers spreading viruses is effective. So they will continue such activity.

The researchers even made a table, the users of which countries are more likely to download infected files. Victims often become members from the U.S., China and Brazil, assuming the ratio of these users to a general audience BitTorrent, and their share of the “leaders” of malicious hands.

As an “antidote” the researchers recommend not to download torrents in the first hours after its publication, and use tools to scan files before downloading. Such tools, in fact, did not exist before, but researchers have developed just such a plugin for TorrentGuard Vuze. In addition, you can check the torrent through the web site. Malicious torrent identified by the IP-addresses of seeders. It turns out that 90% of all malware is distributed only with 20 IP-addresses.

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