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Popular File Sharing Site Taken Down

December 16, 2014 » Spam / Virus / Malware Protection

On Tuesday, December 9th, police in Stockholm, Sweden carried out a raid on famed torrent-sharing site The Pirate Bay, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment.

“There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,” read a statement from Paul Pintér, police national coordinator for IP enforcement.

Immediately following the raid, many online communities began searching for new file-sharing sites. That void was quickly filled by anonymous users posting “recommendations” that linked to malware, a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, such as computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs.

Corey Nachreiner at Watchguard Security Center had this to say. “My take away here is two-fold. First, anytime there is big news, remember black hats will try to use your curiosity against you. If you do use torrents (there are legal ones too after all), you might want to remain suspicious of links to new sites. My second point is more a security aside about piracy. Obviously it’s illegal, but don’t forget that it’s also a malware magnet. Few things in the world are free. One of the reasons others are “willing” to share pirated software is because it’s a great way for them to include malware to tag along.”

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