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Audioarchivist
2007-07-17, 02:05 PM
I don't use uTorrent, and never have, so I'm not sure of this from first hand experience, but I saw a warning at TapeCity (BootCity) (yeah, I know...) about it that I thought I'd pass along. Here goes:


We have received word that the latest versions of uTorrent violates your personal privacy by sending personal information about you and the material you download to organizations such as RIAA and MPAA. Please AVOID upgrading your uTorrent to the latest versions. We will be BANNING this client from our trackers and all WALMS sites in the near future.

Scary stuff...

Five
2007-07-17, 02:09 PM
no proof has surfaced

I wonder how the hell this rumour got started? :hmm:

check here (read to pg2):
http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=26561

LeifH12345
2007-07-17, 03:07 PM
So, what are the latest versions called anyways? I'm not too concerned as I don't download anything illegal.

KoolKat
2007-07-17, 07:24 PM
So, what are the latest versions called anyways? I'm not too concerned as I don't download anything illegal.


Its in version 1.7 (just buggy & unstable apparently)stay with your 1.6 or 1.6.1

K_K

mooncusser
2007-07-17, 10:14 PM
Website now shows 1.7.1, though my client didn't prompt for the update.

eric182
2007-07-17, 10:20 PM
i run peer guardian and it blocks u torrent from connecting to their server

paddington
2007-07-17, 11:21 PM
i run peer guardian and it blocks u torrent from connecting to their server ??? what do you read into that?

paddington
2007-07-17, 11:21 PM
I'm still pretty skeptical, but if anyone wants the old one, it's here: http://download.utorrent.com/1.6.1/utorrent.exe


It would be nice to see some concrete proof either way.. but until then, 1.6.1 is just fine ;)

eric182
2007-07-18, 12:00 AM
no everytime utorrent runs it tries to connect to swifticab which was blocked by peer guardian for helping mpaa/riaa since utorrent is now owned by bit torrent and bit torrent sells movies on their site it is blocked. i am not sure if it gives info to them but it does connect through dht to utorrents server from what i understand

paddington
2007-07-18, 12:23 AM
hmmm
so what if DHT is turned off, then? Does that thwart it?

Tubular
2007-07-19, 12:51 PM
It makes sense that they would create a client that would spy on you. If they can't shut down the BT sites that aid in the distribution of copyrighted material, then they have to go after the users of the sites. It would be much easier to create a client to automatically track you than manually download every torrent and collect IPs.

Five
2007-07-19, 03:48 PM
no everytime utorrent runs it tries to connect to swifticab which was blocked by peer guardian for helping mpaa/riaa since utorrent is now owned by bit torrent and bit torrent sells movies on their site it is blocked. i am not sure if it gives info to them but it does connect through dht to utorrents server from what i understand
swifticab is the hosting company of utorrent

[uTorrent] uses UDP when attempting to connect to router.utorrent.com as a DHT bootstrap. If you use DHT, you should allow the connection.
http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=25777

uTorrent is blocked by PG now that it is a subsidiary of a company doing direct business with Motion Picture companies.
http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?pid=247815

this area of techspertise is over my head, but my interpretation is that DHT needs a place to phone home to work properly.

nimble
2007-09-14, 02:15 PM
I'd heard that utorrent were bought out after 1.6, so that's the one to keep using.

co9ol
2007-09-15, 10:46 AM
wow, scary stuff! Welcome to 1984!!! Big brother is watching you!!!! lol I'm sure glad i didn't update (out of sure lazyness!)