P2P file-sharing banned in Antarctica

Graham Cluley

Employees of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) have been reportedly told that they are not permitted to run peer-to-peer file-sharing programs such as BitTorrent, KaZaa and Limewire.

The reason? USAP’s IT team are concerned that Antarctic workers will swamp the organisation’s expensive and limited bandwidth with multimedia downloads, and may open a door for hackers and malware.

According to a notice distributed by Dennis L Gitt, Information Technology and Communications director at USAP, “P2P applications have the potential to overwhelm the internet connections on the Ice and inadvertently bring malicious software and traffic into the network.”

As part of his explanation, Gitt cited the recent example of how details of Michelle Obama’s safehouse were accidentally…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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