Shifting sands in the P2P landscape

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Some new research published by the Digital Music News Research Group has revealed some interesting changes in the use of peer-to-peer file-sharing applications.

Limewire rules the roost – according to the Digital Music News Research Group’s data it accounted for 36.4% of all P2P use in September 2007 (it was 34.1% a year before). The second most popular file-sharing application is µTorrent, which rose from 3.0% in September 2006 to 11.3% a year later.  Other products which have had their usage detailed include BitTorrent, Ares, Azureus, eMule, BitComet and Frostwire.

So why does this all matter to people tasked with securing their business?

Well, P2P file-sharing is not only a way for copyrighted material like music and movies to end up on your network, and a potential hit on your internet…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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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