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A protocol for the practice of peer-to-peer file sharing that is used to distribute large amounts of data over the Internet.

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Hardened BitTorrent? DoS vulnerabilities?

Is there much information about hardening libtorrent usage, or perhaps other bittorrent flavors? I'm curious about denial-of-service attacks in particular. I could narrow down the bittorrent protocol ...
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How did my ISP know someone in my house downloaded a file over BitTorrent?

Recently I got an email from Xfinity (my internet provider) that a pirated file had been downloaded. It is true, a pirated file was downloaded by my brother (who was downloading games for a WII ...
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Infecting peers downloading files using BitTorrent protocols

I have read about BitTorrent protocols and how uTorrent works specifically. The main idea is that instead of many clients accessing the same server for downloading a file, different parts of the file ...
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Is Deluge safe to use still when it's not been updated since the first part of 2017?

https://dev.deluge-torrent.org/wiki/Download https://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/deluge/windows/?C=M;O=D The latest version of Deluge for Windows that can actually be downloaded and installed is deluge-1.3.15-...
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Can an ISP block BitTorrent peer discovery but not file transfer?

When I start new torrents, I find there is no traffic for hours. I switch to another network (a cellular data hotspot) and the torrents start flowing. I return to my usual network, and the torrents ...
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Why is the HTTP protocol more susceptible to being intercepted than the BitTorrent protocol?

I'm downloading an .iso file that is offered through the main website, which recommends users to use BitTorrent. In addition, they offer the download via HTTP using different mirror sites that belong ...
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Is it possible to come close to complete anonymity for bittorrent traffic?

Some ways I can think of is to use a VPN, disable DHT, PEX and local discovery of peers options in the BitTorrent client and to route torrent traffic through the Tor network (people say that it's not ...
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Does the BitTorrent protocol expose my home IP address, even over VPN/Tor?

I am filesharing from home using a BitTorrent client in one of three scenarios: I am using my regular ISP connection I am using a tunnel (VPN) connection I am using a Tor connection (a) Obviously I ...
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Is receiving fake torrent data possible?

While downloading a file via a torrent, what will happen if some of the peers send me fake chunks? Also, can any of the peers send me a whole fake file? For example, if I download a .torrent file ...
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How to secure your Mac when downloading torrents? [closed]

I need to download some files which are distributed as a torrent. The files aren't pirated / restricted so i dont need to worry about a VPN. My main concern is securing my computer when downloading ...
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Track specific IP over BitTorrent trackers

I am wondering whether is possible to track specific IPs over some torrent trackers without collecting information about the whole tracker. For example: http://iknowwhatyoudownload.com/en/peer/ ...
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How does using port mapping create a leak from the VPN?

I have red in the discussion forums of VPN services, such as Private Internet Access, that torrent clients should have certain features disabled to ensure security. For example disable "UPnP Port ...
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What is torrent encryption and does it make my traffic anonymous?

This question is inspired by this article (in Russian) about a website called I Know What You Download. From what I understand, they scan the DHT networks and display torrents that any given IP ...
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Suspected fake torrent peers with "client_test" ID

For a fair number of torrents I'm dealing with (qBittorrent 3.3.7 here), I see a number of entries in the "Peers" list (it apparently only shows peers that are currently connected) with client_test/1....
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What information can the ISP see when BitTorrent is in encrypted mode?

What kind of information can the ISP see when a BitTorrent data packet is passing through their network if BitTorrent is in encrypted mode?
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The Peer-To-Peer Web

Good Morning Guys, I'm currently looking into the Project Maelstorm (BitTorrent Peer-To-Peer Web Browser Project), and a question popped up in mind. When on a P2P network, users share the file which ...
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Is Linkedin, Google and Facebook Running BitTorrent client?

I'm running a application classification program which detects the application based on training datasets and signatures. I'm getting a alert of BitTorrent is running on my system but the application ...
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Download Torrents on University network without detection [closed]

I want to download files using Bit-torrent, but I have heard that they can detect when someone is downloading torrents. How can they detect this? And are there any precautions I can do to prevent ...
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DPI BitTorrent fingerprinting

For limiting the usage of BitTorrent, I must identify BitTorrent traffic. For handshaking, I am simply looking for "19" and "BitTorrent protocol" string. If it is DHT I am looking for ping or id (...
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What are the ways to block all BitTorrent clients from accessing my router? [closed]

What are all the values need to be entered in the source and destination IP address and Subnet mask in order to block the bit torrent file exchange.. i.e. blocking torrenting My router's filtering ...
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Bittorrent Sync encryption

Sync, a new product from BitTorrent, Inc., has been cited as a viable alternative to other cloud-storage platforms. The Sync FAQ indicates that an encryption scheme is being used, but does not comment ...
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Is BitTorrent Sync a spyware?

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/t/development-tools/bittorrent-sync-gaining-major-traction-peer-peer-alternative-dropbox-232144 and the average usage has hit 20GB per person. How can they know ...
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Limit BitTorrent Sync connections to a specific network

Is it possible to limit BitTorrent Sync connections to a a specific network using the client software? Right now the closest I can come up with would be IP limitations imposed on each client using a ...
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Can BitTorrent clients be fingerprinted?

As https://panopticlick.eff.org/ demonstrates, web browsers are very prone to fingerprinting, both active and passive (often you can fingerprint a web browser by simply monitoring the wire). My ...
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