Exposing P2P file sharing dangers

Posted by joy

Slashdot had a really intriguing posting this afternoon about a blog called See What You Share. The blog purportedly is exposing files made available to “share” with *anyone* on the popular file sharing networks via unchecked and unsecured P2P file sharing applications.

The problem here isn’t merely that one person’s private information might be shared (which is bad enough), but these P2P file sharing applications were found on computers belonging to the US Military and other critical organizations. If you take a quick look at the blog, you’ll see examples of US Military unit rosters, phone numbers for a Washington State rescue squad, and pictures of a dubious nature.

The author of the blog, under the pseudonym of Greg Wallace has stated that he tried contacting local authorities but nothing was done about it.

A few questions that immediately come to mind are…

1) If you are going to go with the arguement that it is not possible for the US Military, etc. to monitor each and every PC under it’s control, can’t we ask why isn’t the US Military blocking these P2P apps on the network level? The ports that these programs use are well known.

2) Do you think Greg Wallace will be charged for hacking for finding and publishing these files?

I dunno. This will be an interesting story to watch as it gets legs.

2 Responses to “Exposing P2P file sharing dangers”

  1. diffidence » share what you see Says:

    […] , 2004 share what you see Filed under: hackery — iain @ 21:39 Over at cleverhack, Joy asks a question (or, indeed, two) about See What You Share, whi […]

  2. BitTorrent News Says:

    Decision awaited in Kazaa trial
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — A court refused Friday to grant an Australian recording industry request to force owners of the file-swapping giant Kazaa to disclose their assets, as they await a decision in a landmark music piracy case. A group…