The P2P war: Someone is monitoring your activities!

The P2P war: Someone is monitoring your activities!

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Anti P2P Companies

“Each day BayTSP servers scan the Internet worldwide with multiple satellite and terrestrial feeds at over 50 million bits per second for clients’ assets in inappropriate uses or locations, finding on average over 1.5 – 2.0 million copyright infringer’s a day. BayTSP’s patented “fingerprint” technology allows the company to identify files containing clients’ pictures, music, movies, or logos irrespective of the file name, surrounding frame or pictures……”


You have probably read about and heard of various organizations that actively search out and file lawsuits against people who share copyrighted materials, right?

E.g. download movies, music, games and applications.

The above is a quote from one of these companies (BayTSP). The CEO? A former computer hacker. The methods they use to net people downloading files are working flawlessly. Do you know why? Because up until now, you probably didn’t know what you could do about it.

RIAA

The Recording Industry Association of America (or RIAA) is a trade group that represents the recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of a large number of private corporate entities such as record labels and distributors, who create and distribute about 90% of recorded music sold in the US. It is involved in a series of controversial copyright infringement legal actions on behalf of its members.

The RIAA also participates in the collection, administration and distribution of music licenses and royalties

The RIAA’s stated goals are to protect intellectual property rights worldwide and the First Amendment rights of artists; to perform research about the music industry; and to monitor and review relevant laws, regulations and policies.

As of December 2009, the RIAA has sued more than 35,000 people in the United States suspected of distributing copyrighted works, and have settled thousands of these cases.

MPAA

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), originally called the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association of America, is a non-profit trade association based in the United States which was formed to advance the interests of movie studios. Its members consist of the “big six” major Hollywood studios: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (The Walt Disney Company), Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures (Viacom—which bought DreamWorks in February 2006), 20th Century Fox (News Corporation), Universal Studios (NBC Universal), and Warner Bros. (Time Warner). The organization produces the well-known voluntary film rating system.

Oberholzer, Felix; Strumpf, Koleman (March 2004). “The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis“.

Gardner, George (2007-07-04). MPAA’s Media Defender sets up ‘fake’ site to catch pirates. TECH.BLORGE.COM.

Movie piracy more popular than ever. Computing.co.uk (2007-01-29).

^ MPAA Caught Uploading Fake Torrents. torrentfreak.com (2007-01-11).

Gross, Daniel. “Does a Free Download Equal a Lost Sale?“, The New York Times, 2004-11-21.

These companies who contract the Brand enforcement services are the sponsors of this P2P terrorism. The MPAA (Movie Picture Association of America) and the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Record Companies, Movie Companies, and just about anyone that has content being shared online illegally. They own and manage the intellectual property rights to/for copyrighted materials. Anyone who has content they want protected can hire companies like this and utilize the antip2p technologies.

When you are downloading content that is managed by these people illegally, you are depriving them of money they would have normally received for the use of such content. But they aren’t the ones that actually end up searching you out and sending you letters. The way its been portrayed, you probably figured based on the fact that only two organizations manage this stuff, that your chances of being caught were not too great. After all there are millions if not billion of people online right? Time’s are changing, and so isn’t the business of “Internet-Piracy-Prevention (IPP)”  (See AntiP2P Company List)

When file sharing networks such as Kazaa/Fasttrack started to become mainstream, the number of people using these networks increased exponentially. In or around the beginning of 2004, there were OVER 3 million users logged onto the KaZaa network at any given time. Today, there are dozens of p2p programs and networks. Limewire has been downloaded over 200 million times since its inception.

Bottom line is, companies are losing BILLIONS of dollars due to P2P file sharing of copyrighted content. How do you think a trillion dollar like the music/movie industry is going to respond to this? Businesses have taken advantage of the need for people to protect their intellectual property and make every attempt to stop its circulation. They are investing more money into the software to stop you then was put into every filesharing website, piece of software or any other development towards expanding p2p networks combined. Mind you, outside of advertising; 99% of the p2p programs you use have no real value as far as revenue is concerned.

If you are using file-sharing software and actively downloading or sharing files. Whether it’s Limewire, Bearshare, Shareaza, Bittorrent, Newsgroups, IRC, FTP, or WinMX. Or some other filesharing software, it really makes no difference.

These companies have developed software to connect to ALL of these different network types, they are presently on ANY NETWORK that trading or file sharing occurs on. (publicly accessable of course)

Every time you log onto a p2p network, you are connecting to these companies’ dozens if not hundreds of times per session. They pose as clients, hubs, leafs, supernodes, ultrapeers etc.. The software they use is developed to interact with the networks the same way a traditional client does.

But this is not one person sitting behind a computer, this is an enterprise (business) sized computing setup, using high powered internet connections and thousands of addresses to emulate individual users. The way p2p networks work nowadays is that, in order for everyone to be aware of files, they have to be aware of everyone else. There is not usually a ‘central hub’, that keeps user and file information. You sign on by piggybacking to one user (hub) and become a leaf. Lists of users as well as files are passed around through hubs and circulated throughout the network. When you search, you connect to every hub/user available looking for ‘hits’ on files. You will connect to hundreds of users per minute doing ANY type of search.

Even if your using a firewall, some type of security software. Behind a corporate network, behind a school network you will be connected to. The antip2p company clients emulate real ones. The only difference is, once they obtain you’re computer number (IP) they will Connect to you’re machine and attempt to take screenshots and other evidence of the files on it. Clients often have a feature to ‘browse’ other users enabled by default. Think about it, how does your firewall know the difference between what clients have good intentions and other’s who don’t. You’ve configured you’re firewall to allow the P2P program you run to work right? That is about the end of it as far as the filewall is concerned. It’s an ‘exception’ to a very simple set of rules which either allow or deny a specific type of traffic. It cannot disseminate between these companies and legitimate clients. Because these companies are using software to mimic regular clients for gathering evidence.

These companies sit on p2p networks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Will and do connect to your machine and use a variety of tactics to stop you from sharing files. Gather Evidence against you for lawsuits. Attack you’re machine, filling it with requests to crash you’re P2P Software.

You cannot see 99% this going on in the background, but there are some things you probably did not know were the cause of (Software Hang Ups, Slow Computer Performance, Blue Screens, Slow Downloads, 100’s of fake search results) Etc..

Here is a clip from one company, so that you can better get idea of who they are:

“MediaDefender uses a range of technological countermeasures employed on P2P networks to frustrate users’ attempts to steal/trade copyrighted content. We have a proven track record of adapting to challenges and successfully protecting our customers as new technologies and networks arise.

Decoying and Spoofing are the most commonly known techniques that we employ.  We send blank files and data noise that look exactly like a real response to an initiated search requests for a particular title.  Pirated files will no doubt be on the networks, but with our protection applied it would be easier to find a needle in a hay stack than a real file amongst our countermeasures”

If you think this kind of activity does not affect you, you’re dead wrong. I’ve been sharing files for many years on these networks, back on AOL when we had no centralized way to find each other by using P2P. I’ve watched all these networks grow, helped design software. Researched these companies, countermeasures and helped design software to stick it to them.

That is basically what this article is about. Doing what you can to ensure that you never connect to these companies.

These companies use software that automatically performs these activities, they do not need to pay a room full of people to sit at desks. They have HUGE networks full of servers running this kind of software, the process is 70% automated. I’ve seen hundreds of connection attempts even after the filesharing software is closed for HOURS. They are relentless and VERY AGGRESSIVE.

If you’ve used most software you’re aware of ‘Sources’. Its people that have the same exact file and can simultaneously provide you pieces of it. Well, these companies will trick your software into thinking that they have this file, using thousands of virtual clients (computers) at a time. You’ll have 133 sources, all sending you pieces of a file that when verified do not come together, subsequently you have to re download them. You just keep downloading fake pieces of files over and over… This will cause downloads to stay at 33% for example, and other types of behavior you’ve been clueless to recognize.

If your like most people, you don’t know dick about the internet and how it works. You have just identified the software you need to get what you want (Music, Movies, Porn, Games Etc..)

Maybe all you knew before this point was how to load up your favorite program, search, and find what you need right?

The people who wrote your file sharing program it will take care of all these problems right? If a file dosen’t work, just search it again and try another one right?

Have you noticed its gotten a little bit harder to find files that work lately? Its only going to get harder. None of the programs you currently use have any type of software integrated into them to block or thwart these companies efforts.

I’ll explain how to find the best quality files, avoid detection, and ultimately give it to those companies trying to stop you from doing what you do. (sometimes illegally)

Protowall

 

The easiest program to use currently out now is called ProtoWall. This program uses lists of computer addresses called a ‘blocklists’. These lists are maintained by people who track, monitor and hunt down computers being used by the antip2p companies we talked about. They maintain lists updated daily for Government agencies, Local/Federal/State police, Antip2p, Computers infected with viruses, and a lot more.

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The Protowall website is located at the following link:

Peerguardian or  https://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/

Or you can download it direct from sourceforge.com;
https://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/peerguardian/pg2-050918-nt.exe?download
Note: This link is for XP/2000/2003.

The blocklist lists are hosted and maintained by Bluetack.

– When you first install the program you can choose lists to load in, and several other options. The basic ones you want are: P2P, Hiijacked, Gov, Trojan.

– Make sure you “Allow HTTP”, a lot of times you will visit web sites that are being blocked. Outbound HTTP (Web browsing) has no need to be filtered the sites belong in ranges of computers being blocked, it’s not the intention to block the sites. With http blocking on, you will be unable to connect to some sites and services. Always try to turn off peerguardian to see if that fixes you’re problem.

– When you set it up, try to disable (“log connections”, “show allowed connections”, don’t block http!)

You’ll see a lot of information, all you need to do is let this program run. Uncheck the box for log allowed connections, you only want to see what is blocked.

The Peerguardian website has plenty of FAQ (Guides) on installing the software.

If you’re looking for other programs like peerguardian try Protowall.

Good luck (Don’t forget to check out the list of companies at the bottom of the page),

Matthew
https://www.infostruction.com

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“The P2P war: Someone is monitoring your activities!”

“To the best of our knowledge, this work is the first to quantify the probability
that a user will be monitored i..e. interact with a suspicious IP address. Using
Planetlab, we conduct large-scale active measurements, spanning a period of 90
days, from January to March, spread over 3 continents, yielding nearly
100 GB of TCP packet header data. A naive user is practically guaranteed
to be monitored: we observe that 100% of our peers run into blocklisted
users. In fact, 12% to 17% of all distinct IPs contacted by a peer are blocklisted ranges. Interestingly, a little caution can have a significant ect: the top five most prevalent blocklisted IPs contribute to nearly 94% of all blocklisted entities we ran into. This information can help users to reduce their chances of being monitored to just about 1%.”

Just imagine, that was last year. Before half of the companies at the bottom of this list existed. You can find this paper here AntiP2P Testing

AntiP2P Companies

Activated Content Corporation
Alliance Against Counterfeiting And Piracy
Altnet
ACCS: Association of Copyright for Computer Software (just japan related?)
Access Integrated Technologies, Inc.
Antipiratbyrån
APG AntiPiratGruppen
Attest Systems Inc, also Copyright Compliance
Audible Magic
AEIA : The Australian Entertainment Industry Association
AIMIA : Australasian Interactive Multimedia Industry Assoc.
ARIA : Australian Recording Industry Association Ltd
Artist House Publishers Co., Ltd
ASCAP
The Australian Copyright Council
BASCAP – Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy
Bay TSP
BigChampagne LLC
BMI
BPI (British Phonographic Institute)
BREIN
Brilliant Digital Ent. (see altnet)
British Musicians Union

Broadchart Limited (owns netpd)
BSA- Business Software Alliance
Buma Stemra & Cedar (Netherlands)
CacheLogic
The Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Ass
Cinea (owned by dolby)
Copyright Assembly
Copyright Compliance see Attest Systems Inc.
CRIA- The Canadian Recording Industry Association
Crosswarp Inc
Copy Protection Technology Working Group (CPTWG)
Cyberverse
Cymphonix
Cyvelliance
Digital Security Co.
Dtecnet
DTEC International/DataTex Engineering
The Entertainment And Leisure Software Publishers Assoc. (ELSPA)
ESA- Entertainment Software Ass (formerly IDSA-Interactive Digital Software Ass)
Envisional Limited
FACT- Federation Against Corporate Theft
FAST- Federation Against Software Theft
Friend Media Technology Systems
GEMA-German society for musical performing rights
GÜFA
GVU (the)
Grayzone
Identity Systems aka Search Software America
Internetpiraterie portal
isuppli
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
International Federation Of Producers Of Phonograms And Videograms (swedish)
Internet Enforcement Group (IEG)
IIPA – the International Intellectual Property Alliance
IO Group dba Titan Media Inc (porn company going after file sharers)
I.M.R.O : Irish Music Rights Organization
IRMA – the International Recording Media Association
< (see>Joltid>
Kontiki
Lancope
Landwell (legal arm of pricewaterhousecoopers)
Liberty Media Corporation
Logistep AG
Loudeye (bought overpeer)
Macrovision
MarkMonitor, EmarkMonitor
Marksmen
MCPS : Music Copywright Protection Society
Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)
Media Defender Inc
Media Enforcer LLC (owned by baytsp now)
MediaForce
Medialink
MediaSentry (part of safenet)
MediaSignature
MIPI (Music Industry Piracy Investigations) part of aria
Monitored Networks
Music Industry Piracy Investigation (MIPI)
MPA : Music Publishers Association of US
*MPAA – Motion Picture Association of America *major movie companies listed
NameProtect
NAMM : U.S Music Trades Organization
NARM : National Association of Recording Mechandisers
Nareos, Inc
Netarc Ltd
NetEnforcers
NetPD
Net Enforcers Inc
Net Sentry Inc
News Corporation
New York Software Industry Association
Nexicon, Inc
Nokia (see Identity Systems aka Search Software America)
NMPA : National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc
Nuke Pirates
OnSystems, Inc. (media defender)
Overpeer
p2p engineering
Palisade Systems
Peersentry
Peerscent Inc
Performing Rights Society
Philips Content Identification
Pinkerton Govt Services
proMedia
The Publishers Assoc.
Quibus
Ranger Online Inc
Retspan
*RIAA – Recording Industry Ass of America *(major music labels are listed as well)
Safenet (MediaSentry)
Search Software America aka Identity Systems
SAMIA (South Australian Music Industry Association)
SAZAS – Society for protection intellectual property (slovenian)
SESAC
SIIA – Software Information Industry Association
SOCAN
SPARS : Society of Professional Audio Recording Services
Snocap (in drm list as well)
SoftwareShield Technologies Inc
St Bernard Software
Technorati
Teletrax
Thomson
Trident Media Guard
Vidius
Viralg
Web Sheriff
West Australian Music Industry Association
WIPO – World Intellectual Property Association
XMBC