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Canada Spies on File-Sharers

Canada Spies on File-Sharers

Added: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
Thanks to Edward Snowden, it became known that Canadian government spied on millions of file-sharing downloads from the popular websites. It turned out that over a hundred of websites including MegaUpload were constantly monitored in a search for extremists.

Actually, all file-sharers in the world should realize that they are being monitored. A lot of copyright owners, anti-piracy agencies and analytics companies constantly crawl BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer networks, spying on downloads and collecting data.

In fact, the public nature of the abovementioned networks is very attractive for those who want to eavesdrop. However, for some reason people using file-hosting sites believe that their transfers can’t be tracked because transactions take place privately from user to website via HTTP. Now it turned out that Canada’s top electronic surveillance agency was spying on millions of downloads from over 100 of file-sharing services.

Canada’s surveillance agency led a project dubbed LEVITATION, which unveiled widespread online surveillance carried out by the local authorities. Snowden’s revelations showed that the agency monitored about 15m downloads daily in an effort to track down extremists. It is known that the Canadian government monitored RapidShare, SendSpace and MegaUpload when the latter was still alive. In the meantime, none of the cyberlockers were required to cooperate with the authorities, since the local Communications Security Establishment had its own special capabilities.

Another operation, dubbed ATOMIC BANJO, obtained information directly from broadband cables, and the agency could get the unique IP-address of each machine that downloaded files from those cyberlockers. Then the collected IP-addresses were cross-referenced with additional information provided by the American NSA or British GCHQ. As a result, they received a list of other sites visited by the downloaders. Finally, further associations with Facebook or Google accounts could link to names, addresses and other personal details.

This system can track downloads in countries all over Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and North America. While the Canadian agency could not spy on its own citizens, a list of “suspicious” downloads contained IP-addresses from Montreal, along with addresses originated in the US, UK, Germany and Spain.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-02-17 23:52:46)
cggc avatarcould be easy monitoring all windows 10 for be more because microsoft want all in windows 10 to see massive same operating system and have all same to cough what it statistics like file-share and spies for make it business more easy if it for understanding all that...another trick to know more about internet users thank to snowden.

posted by SuperAdmin (2015-02-18 01:22:20)
ozi avatar"information directly from broadband cables" i believe that means it dont matter what os you use you can blame windows for whatever you want
as long as your connected to the net you will be monitored no matter what os or vpn you use
every isp needs a mac to connect if you give reasons for your isp to monitor you then you will be

posted by (2015-02-18 17:00:59)
pachm avatarso im not safe with a vpn? im confused at all this

posted by (2015-02-19 03:28:47)
OpenMinder avatarYou will never truly be safe online, really...regardless of whether you use a vpn or not.
Not yet anyway, not until 100% anonymous internet usage/patronage exists....and that will be never. Money always talks.

posted by (2015-02-19 06:50:07)
Solcis avatarWe're all on some sort of watchlist. Don't kid yourselves. Whether the government or a big corporation actually uses that information against us is anyone's guess.

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