“We’ve all had our deals with duplicate torrents. Well, not anymore-” Conficius
The Pirate Bay is one of the most popular destinations for torrent users online, holding a place amongst the 100 most-visited websites worldwide.The torrent repository achieved an infamous reputation by hosting torrent files which allow users to download copyrighted material for free without permission from the rightsholders.
There is little vetting when it comes to torrent files on the platform.
As a result, in the past, cybercriminals have been able to leverage torrents to spread malware, as well as fraudulent files. Cybersecurity company Siege CEO Jason Syversen told media that there are “very real technical concerns” when it comes to downloading content via torrents.
Syversen said: “There are some very real technical concerns. You’re dealing with these shady third-party sites, so it’s a great opportunity for people to insert malware into the BitTorrent client as well as transferring files with malicious content.”
Thankfully, an enterprising Reddit user has created a script to highlight – and hide – fake or fraudulent torrents on The Pirate Bay.
The Redditor with the username ‘nicobelic’ writes: “One of the things I’ve noticed after having to use Pirate Bay for a while, is the significant amount of fake torrents.”
“For example, if you browse the HD Movies section and sort by seeds, (depending on when their bot ran) you’ll see a ton of untrusted torrents with an unrealistic amount of seeds,” he says.
“The script has a couple options to get rid of these. The default behavior is to hide untrusted torrents (torrents without the little pink or green skulls) if they have more than 1000 seeds.” The Google Chrome browser add-on also allows users to “hide porn, french torrents, as well as cams and telesyncs”.
For those who don’t know, torrent files are not in and of themselves intrinsically illegal. But those used to download copyrighted content for free without the permission of the rights holders undeniably are.
Torrents do not contain the file you wish to download, but instead, enables your computer to download the requested data in small chunks from a network of online participants.
Popular torrent websites like Kickass Torrents, ExtraTorrent, and Torrentz.eu have all shut down within the last year. The Pirate Bay – the most well-known example of a torrent repository – is currently banned in the UK by most Internet Service Providers or ISPs.
Those who download copyrighted content using a torrent site might find themselves the recipient of a warning letter from their broadband provider.
Anyways, take a look at the Reddit post by “nicobelic”