Torrent site proxies and mirrors are loaded with malware

By Shawn Knight
Aug 7, 2015
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  1. Proxies and mirrors are an effective way to get around the court-ordered blockade of torrent sites in a number of countries. Those knowledgeable enough to look for workarounds are likely also aware of the risks associated with such sites although few are probably aware of just how risky it can be.

    As Torrent Freak points out, proxy sites were initially used to help users gain access to their favorite torrent sites. Here lately, however, such services and tools are being abused by those looking to make a quick buck. They’re doing so by adding in their own scripts, most of which are less than desirable.

    Security researcher Gabor Szathmari recently sampled 6,158 proxy sites and found that more than 99 percent added in their own code. Just 21 sites sampled didn’t tamper with the original site. Of those that did add code, most did so with malicious intent such as malware or click-fraud, he added.

    The publication spoke with several of the source torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents and ExtraTorrent, all of which said they are aware of the issue and are doing their best to mitigate the damage by blocking proxies and mirrors that are suspicious in nature.

    ProxyHouse, which operates most of the proxies that Szathmari sampled, said they’ve contacted their advertising network regarding the malicious ads.

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  2. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 274   +67

    And what were those 21 sites? :D
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 853   +352

    Thank you Captain Obvious. :)
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    The last time I listed a good free vpn for tormenting, it stopped being free a week later. You can get paid for vpn fro like 3$ a month, worth it. (with year subscription)
  5. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 53   +10

    Therefore the obvious question here is... Where's a list of reputable proxies?
  6. gollum21

    gollum21 TS Rookie

    "Therefore the obvious question here is... Where's a list of reputable proxies"

    Or at least some of the most popular malicious ones. SOMEthing lol.

    TL;DR article: We have bad proxy servers on the internet, folks. Careful out there.

  7. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 140   +21

    Just use a VPN and you will be much safer. I've never liked using Proxies much as they are generally a lot slower than VPNs.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,145   +597

    Guys & Gals - - it's not a proxy issue, but the lack of control of the data being accesses.
    Yes, a TOR hides (or tries to) you, but they also borrow files from their users and have little or no control as to who uploads what for public access.

    Caveat Emptor.
    I really hope this was not a shocking revelation to TOR user community. Seldom have I even see a CHECKSUM for a file.

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