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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 20 Uploaders Responsible for 90% Fake Torrents

20 Uploaders Responsible for 90% Fake Torrents

20 Uploaders Responsible for 90% Fake Torrents

Added: Friday, September 7th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
One of the most important issues that BitTorrent users have to cope with on a regular basis is fake torrents which are uploaded to popular trackers like The Pirate Bay by malicious users in order to distribute malware or use other users in other ways. The latest research claims that 90% of fake torrents are uploaded by only 20 users. The researchers have analyzed a sample set of 30,000 torrents uploaded to TPB within two weeks in 2011. The surprising part was that over 1/3 of all torrents were associated with fake content, which makes an increase of 5% compared to a previous year.


The developers decided not to rely on user accounts in the attempt to identify fake publishers, because it’s a flawed method thanks to the possibility to create as many user accounts as you want on the website. Instead, the developers took a look at the IP addresses that were used to distribute the fake files. That’s how they identified 20 publishers that were responsible for 90% of the fake torrent uploads on The Pirate Bay tracker.

Over 99% of all fake torrents found by the researchers were either used to distribute viruses directly or to take advantage of the users by getting them to visit scam sites or other forms of scams. The rest 1% of the fake torrents were associated with anti-piracy companies and outfits.

The research mentions some interesting products, including a service called TorrentGuard. The latter is available both as an Internet service and a plugin for the Vuze BitTorrent application. Everyone can visit the TorrentGuard official website in order to verify a torrent either by uploading it to the service, or pasting its info hash or magnet link into a special form on the portal.

TorrentGuard basically checks the torrent in a database in order to verify whether it’s legit (which is likely) or fake. However, the industry experts point out that they had some issues to get the Internet service in their attempts to verify the torrents they tried to check through it. 35% seems a very high index for the number of fake torrents. Some of the experts explain it with the small sample size and period. The intentions of the people who distribute them are clear, so it is recommended to be always alert when downloading torrents.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for the source of the article

September 7th,2012

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Date:  Friday, September 7th, 2012

Comments (39) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-09-07 16:48:02)
No avatarhehehe

posted by (2012-09-07 17:03:41)
slashdiekill avatarwhy are some so dumb that they download fake crap

if your not smart enough to spot a fake then deserve a virus

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-09-07 17:16:17)
4GET avatarwell all can say not much or flys under the radar here on ET THE members and staff are allways on the ball doing a smashing job..you can allways tell anyways who these fakers are cos the upload on new accounts ..thanks for the article.

posted by (2012-09-07 18:12:26)
No avatarlike I didn't already know this. fake torrents are still common, just as back when torrents 1st got started and even before torrents were born. its because to many in this world are re-tarted, or just plan stupid. "no offense to the actual mentally re-tarted as they can't help it"

posted by Blocked (2012-09-07 18:20:08)
Crashman_123 avatarIt's spelt RETARDED, you idiot!

posted by (2012-09-07 18:51:30)
No avatar@clamo re-tarted? does that mean to tart again? it sounds like you're one of those stupid people in which you speak of. Crashman_123 you shouldn't be talking either. it's SPELLED not SPELT. SPELT is a type of wheat.

posted by ET junkieET lover (2012-09-07 19:18:51)
MadVillain avatarAll i gotta say is death to fakers, people always have to try and ruin a good thing. Shout to all staff who keep all the fakeBS to a minimum on this site. Let them waste their time elswhere. Ithink people who are new to torrenting are more prone to downloading fakes simply because they don't know what to look for.

posted by Blocked (2012-09-07 19:40:37)
skreamer avatarTo a point I used to like fake torrents because I thought, at the time, it was keeping the anti-infringement people very busy chasing their tails. That was untill I read about signal abstracting tech that makes it easy for the anti-i' to quickly screen numerous torrents to find the real deals. Booooooo!

Hope there was no spelling mistakes there for the Spelling Police

Slashdiekill some people have no clue what to look for. Doesn't make them stupid or deserving of a virus.

posted by (2012-09-07 20:48:03)
No avatarhey sometimes what your lookin for is too new or too old, so u gotta try everything u find even if it means u dld a bunch of fake crap, once u dld it its pretty easy to tell if its good or bad and delete it. also if you know what spelt is good job great show

posted by (2012-09-07 20:54:38)
No avatardue to harddrive failure i lost 2 terabytes of the later part of the 70s and the early 80s of my massive porno time machine, it destroyed my inner porn director, so i got a new set of terabytes and have been searching for the stuff i couldnt salvage only to find a crap ton of fake torrents, luckily russians are ridiculous with there american mullets, i went to torrent.ru used google translate for the whole process and replenished the 80s, sadly the 70s is lost forever, no one has converted tape to drive porns from that era any more. But torrent.ru, has a huge collection of torrents that are new or old that are h ard to find

posted by Trial UploaderET junkiemenTurtle (2012-09-07 21:20:02)
bipin369 avatarthanks for this post

posted by ET lover (2012-09-07 21:32:02)
COMPRENDeDEFUNCT avatar@jerseyboy, thanks i just pissed myself laughing

posted by (2012-09-07 21:59:44)
Bruciebonus avatar@jerseyboy086 No offence but it's correct 'Spelt' not 'Spelled'..For example someone asks "How do you spell Retarded?" & someone replies "It's Spelled ********" or "It's Spelt ********"..I'm sorry but i'm British through & through & it's 'Spelt' not 'Spelled'..!..To have a conversation with someone who used the word 'Spelled' i would consider 'Retarded' No offense but look in the Dictionary & like the meerkats say on the advert "It's Simples"!!!

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lover (2012-09-07 22:39:30)
Nan1977asdl avataron which basis TPB find fake torrents I really dont know. one of my torrent was deleted alongwith my TPB account suspecting fake torrent-which I again upload in ET and checked and verified by one
of the superadmin. So what is the actual % of fake I dought.

posted by (2012-09-08 01:53:56)
Pippy01 avatar@Jerseyboy086, "Spelt" is correct, dummy, as is "Spelled". Much in the same way "Dreamed" and "Dreamt" are interchangeable. I would have thought everyone knew this. You must not be an avid reader. In my opinion, you pose the greatest example of mental retardation.

posted by men (2012-09-08 05:09:14)
topaz18046 avatarAnything with dennis-stalker (tracker) which has 900 seeds and no leeches has to be suspect.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2012-09-08 07:04:42)
trialNerror avatarAnybody else here go to the articles just to read what others have commented?

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lovermen (2012-09-08 07:19:20)
Zohaib avatarthanks Pakistan is not in fake list

posted by (2012-09-08 07:46:12)
No avatar@trialNerror, sometimes I do... When I do it's always comedic.

Anyways, whenever I am searching for torrents I always take into account the file size. A 720p movie is a minimum of 1.3 gb for example and the good non cam ones release a month or so before their dvd release. Also if you are searching for something for example "The Avengers" (should be underlined I know) I search for "The Avengers 720p" and look for torrents which give more detail than what I searched for initially, usually it includes format as well as production year and the upload team

posted by (2012-09-08 10:38:51)
giraffe avatarThanks Sam for the article, I must say that I have never found a fake torrent on ET- a big thank you for that!

@Bruciebonus Being a winging pom is nothing to be proud of. According to the dictionary both are correct which makes you the r...

@GoreKnight I feel you, I also lost a HD once. It took me months to replace everything but I now backup everything to 2 external HDs. Another site for rare torrents is h**p://torrentz.eu/

@trialNerror I agree, sometimes the comments are very interesting.

posted by (2012-09-09 11:18:30)
No avatarjerseyboy086 get your facts right spelt is a simple past tense and past participle of spell that's in proper UK English not Mickey Mouse English

posted by ET lovermen (2012-09-09 12:26:07)
brods73 avatarseen a couple of fakes here but the team deletes them quick, and @giraffe that site your plugging is a torrent portal, and the links are from other torrent sites!!

posted by Trusted UploaderTurtle (2012-09-09 16:59:33)
ponklay avatar@Nan1977asdl
Piratebay bans every user as soon as they upload their first torrent then you will have to register on their forum and ask them to unban you only then you can upload torrents
piratebay doesn't trust new users
the good thing about piratebay is that they never remove torrents because of copyrights infringements no matter how much trouble they get into

posted by (2012-09-09 21:59:13)
cggc avataron some forums newbies ask to how upload files and to convert formats and that made thing not all know how to get the good files for torrents web sites all ready did it by theme according to maybe is it. same some nasty comments under each file for give bad or fake files called malwares.

posted by (2012-09-10 01:16:34)
No avatar@Crashman_123: that's how I spelled the 1st time but google said I was wrong LOL "you idiot!" so I went with the all powerful and smart google LOL I just love how people criticize other folks spelling when the moron's that program spell check can't even read or write.

posted by (2012-09-10 09:55:11)
giraffe avatar@clamo How dare you claim google made a mistake, but I do understand how you feel about grammar being so hard- especially in english.

@brods73 Judging from your language and exclamation marks you are offended by me mentioning a site- why are you offended? I was trying to help a fellow user who had some bad luck and lost a HD with some rare stuff on it, I mentioned that site because I have used it to find rare stuff. I never wrote that it wasn't a portal and I'm not plugging it- it searches torrent sites much like google does.

posted by Site FriendET lovermenTurtle (2012-09-10 12:45:44)
Recluse2011 avatarEXTRA EXTRA!!! READ ALL ABOUT IT!! issue regarding fake torrents turns into A grammar Nazi deathmatch

posted by Blocked (2012-09-10 14:52:56)
skreamer avatar@clamo your spelling is normally poop. that is the first post i've seen you do correctly, so you can do it. doesn't matter to me till you pass the buck.

oh good grief i forgot my caps!

posted by (2012-09-10 14:54:55)
Kinkajou avatarInstead of nit-picking about spelling and grammar errors how about doing something productive like: educating an oldtimer "retard" trying to learn. I haven't a clue as to what to look for or how to spot a fake torrent. I am new to this torrent thing, don't know how it all works, and am just learning. I have been hit with two violations and if the torrent is a fake how is it a violation? Only ONE of you smart people have had the intelligence, ability and been kind enough to step forward and educate me. Thank You.

posted by (2012-09-10 21:13:11)
bazzer1234 avatarreading these comments is a giggle.great thread sam

posted by Turtle (2012-09-12 06:43:31)
djstorm2008 avatarHoly crap! Spelling Police need to learn that there is a slight difference between UK English and American English before the start spell checking people's comments! If you didn't graduate past the 8th grade you shouldn't be judging others!

As far as the point of the post... I just stick with the same uploaders most of the time and I have nothing to worry about! Besides, they usually have the most seeds available anyway!

posted by (2012-09-12 09:20:48)
crunchytop avatargood article, thanks.

we were all new at this downloading malarkey once,and surely if we want the torrent community to flourish (and we all need seeds!) we need to educate, not insult the newbies.If the fake up loaders get less hits then that would help temper their antics too.simple tolerance, politeness and good old fashioned courtesy go out the window on these forums...especially et it seems.shame, it is a fantastic site for torrents and the staff do a great job of keeping the riff raff from uploading there shit.
@ spelling bees...get a life!

posted by (2012-09-12 10:00:40)
samrat90 avatarhahah India in 6th posotion

posted by Blocked (2012-09-12 15:31:32)
skreamer avatar@crunchytop. This forum is super nice and restrained. I think TPB reads like Youtube there with teens discovering they can write rude words about one another and get away with it. Its really abysmal.

posted by (2012-09-12 23:29:16)
saucer avatarspelled or spelt? why? why? why? thanks kindly for the article

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-09-13 00:09:49)
4GET avatarwell said @ cruntchytop we all learn given time .. i myself cant spell on pc but on paper its different ..nice to see someone use bit of commensence when throwing darts .

posted by (2012-09-14 11:48:25)
The_Dutch_Upper avatarwow i was tough that america where smart country lmao there are number 1 with fake torrents

well done america you make us very proud lol

posted by (2012-09-14 15:34:18)
TimeBandits avatarWith a little experience its not too hard to spot a fake, but to the newcomer it can deter them from torrenting & fuel the rumours that torrents are a bad thing, & are to be avoided.
All fakers should be shot at dawn. LOL

posted by (2012-09-14 16:39:54)
No avataryou all seem to be misspelling faking retards! only joking, i agree with Timebandits!

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