File Sharing Programs and Peer-to-Peer Networks: Privacy and Security Risks

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2003-05-15
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14 pages
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The Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform investigated the privacy and security risks associated with popular peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing programs. The report outlines the findings of this investigation, emphasizing the widespread use of file-sharing programs like Kazaa, Morpheus, iMesh, BearShare, LimeWire, and Grokster. Unlike their predecessor Napster, these programs allow users to download any type of file, posing significant privacy and security concerns as they potentially expose every file on a user's computer to millions of others on the network.
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