P2P dangers – opened eyes through the Kazaa trial

Folks, I understand and sympathize with people who have been nailed with spyware after installing select P2P applications. But when people start to group them together and start using generalized comments about P2P, it hurts us all.

Look, I am not going to sit here and tell you that P2P apps are not being used to pirate games, music and even software. But let’s be realistic about something. This has been happening in IRC chat rooms for years! And as for spyware, well, I can think of a number of legit P2P apps that do not install spyware onto computers. Graham Connolly’s statement to ZDNET, while valid, needs to be understood in its entirety.

Kazaa’s parent company Sharman Networks is currently involved in the largest copyright infringement case in Australian history and record industry heavyweights hope it will stop illegal P2P file sharing activity and provide some compensation for past copyright infringements.

However, security experts say that the trial has also highlighted the fact that by allowing — or not actively stopping — P2P use, companies are opening their internal networks to spyware, adware, viruses and Trojans.