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Old 2007-07-17, 02:05 PM
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Icon4 uTorrent and privacy

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:

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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...
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Old 2007-07-17, 02:09 PM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

no proof has surfaced

I wonder how the hell this rumour got started?

check here (read to pg2):
http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=26561
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Old 2007-07-17, 03:07 PM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

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

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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

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Old 2007-07-17, 10:14 PM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

Website now shows 1.7.1, though my client didn't prompt for the update.
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Old 2007-07-17, 10:20 PM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

i run peer guardian and it blocks u torrent from connecting to their server
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Old 2007-07-17, 11:21 PM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

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

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
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Old 2007-07-18, 12:00 AM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

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
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Old 2007-07-18, 12:23 AM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

hmmm
so what if DHT is turned off, then? Does that thwart it?
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

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.
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Old 2007-07-19, 03:48 PM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

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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

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Originally Posted by Ultima
[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

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Originally Posted by stevenofnine
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.
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Old 2007-09-14, 02:15 PM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

I'd heard that utorrent were bought out after 1.6, so that's the one to keep using.
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Old 2007-09-15, 10:46 AM
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Re: uTorrent and privacy

wow, scary stuff! Welcome to 1984!!! Big brother is watching you!!!! lol I'm sure glad i didn't update (out of sure lazyness!)
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