Malware on limewire

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Offline Trailblazer25

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Malware on limewire
« on: June 23, 2015, 02:44:18 AM »
Has anyone ever seen mLware that moves your files around in a limewire share folder to make your personal files available for sharing. http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0016-p2p-file-sharing-risks  Here is a article that states malware would do this. How likely. No I don't use p2p anymore but I did in the past

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2015, 07:30:20 AM »
Hi Trailblazer25 and Welcome!

I don't see in that article anything about malware moving your files around. Nor is there any mention of LimeWire, specifically. So I am not sure where you are coming from here with this inquiry.  :l

LimeWire was shutdown by court order 5 years ago for illegal practices, a year before that FTC alert went out.

That said, filesharing via P2P sites and torrents has always been known as a primary method of distribution for all sorts of malicious software (malware) - not to mention, illegal filesharing of copyrighted materials (songs, videos, and other published materials). The problem with opening up filesharing on your computer for access over the Internet, as stated in that warning, is that strangers, specially badguys, may gain access to your computer then deploy malware that gives them remote control over your computer. They may then use that to steal your identity and access to your bank accounts, or use your system to further distribute their malware, to distribute spam or pornography, or to draft into their bot armies to participate in DDoS attacks using your IP address.

So my advice is to avoid torrents, P2P sites and filesharing altogether.

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2015, 08:11:27 AM »
Along with what Digerati has said, I have not seen malware delivered via P2P do what you ask about. I have seen malware reconstitute itself until the P2P software was removed. I have also seem malware move files around. So seeing malware that is delivered by P2P move files around would not surprise me, probably would not even peak my interest other than in getting rid of it.

P2P software opens a hole in your protection that a Mac truck could drive thru. If you can think of something that can be done to or on your computer, there is probably malware out there that can do that and much more. So combining the two just tells me it is not worth it.

But we also need to look at why P2P is around. It was suppose to be a way to download large files, a little bit from many different locations, to speed up the download or to spread the load around. With current technology (fast connections and load balancers among them) there is no real reason to even use P2P software. Unless you are still using dialup of course.

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2015, 02:06:58 PM »
This was back in 2008 till it shutdown I used it. I just ran across this and it made me wonder.
The article says "In addition, security problems within the P2P program could open the door to attacks from hackers. Some malware is designed to change which folders you have designated for sharing, so criminals can access your personal information."

I was just wondering if and why they would give your files for everyone to use. I know without a doubt that a hacker or malware can access your files but why share everything over the network or would they even do that. I know this is coming from tiversa who works with ftc to monitor file sharing programs. Maybe they say this so you can purchase their security programs. They offer to see if you are inadvertently sharing files. Maybe they say malware does this a lot has a business strategy

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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2015, 02:21:20 PM »
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I was just wondering if and why they would give your files for everyone to use.
No. They would not do that - unless your files contained credit card information, email address or other personal information.

What is more likely is they would infect your files so next time you run the program, something malicious happens to your computer. Or they would send out the infected files attached to spam and fake emails to infect others.

It is not so much they want your files, they want control of your computer, and the personal information for you and your contacts on your computer.
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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2015, 03:45:58 PM »
Yeah I just didn't want my whole PC on the network

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2015, 03:57:39 PM »
I wouldn't either.
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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2015, 04:40:53 PM »
So mainly the files would only be available to the malware creater not the entire p2p nertowke

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2015, 05:00:30 PM »
So mainly the files would only be available to the malware creater not the entire p2p nertowke
I sure would not count on that. It depends on what the files are, or the information they contain. If you have ANYTHING on your computer you don't want out there, don't participate in P2P filesharing, keep Windows and your security apps fully updated, and don't be "click-happy" on unsolicited downloads, attachments or links.
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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2015, 07:53:03 PM »
I have seen reports that say that there are more than 82,000 pieces of malware (of all types) released every day. So do not count on use not knowing that one piece of malware can do what you ask. Chances are there is, or will be shortly.

Most of the malware removal forums like ours will help get your system clean, but the thing we do that is more important is to teach you how not to get infected again. One thing we stress is safe surfing of the internet. Using P2P software of any stripe is akin to playing on the active runway at O'Hare during the busiest part of the day. You may be able to play there for days months or even years, but sooner or later SPLAT! Moving your files around and possibly sharing them is the least of your worries. There are so many things out there even worse. Malware that turns your machine into a boat anchor, malware that will encrypt your hard drive and then tell you if you send hundreds of dollars to someone to get a decryption key, and then when you get it it does not work.

You are missing the forest for the tree's. Just because you don't see a pine tree doesn't mean there is not one out there, and it also doesn't mean that the rest of the tree's are not going to fall on your head.

It is best to stay safe then you do not have to worry about exactly what the malware might do.

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2015, 07:54:41 PM »
So tax returns may be and other important stuff but not photos and music and games they wouldn't. I don't understand how malware can determine what to share and what's important and what's not lol

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2015, 08:01:56 PM »
File extensions. If someone is trying to get all your home shot adult type pictures or video's then they will not bother downloading anything other than pictures or video's. On the other hand if someone wants your bank account information then they will be going after document file types and Microsoft Money and Quicken file types.

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2015, 08:37:06 PM »
I know you guys are thinking wow this guy is an idiot but I don't have the slightest clue about anything hacking or malware related. So thanks for putting up with me. So most malware is in it to be making w profit so generally they will be going for doc types or other related financial records. So they can just make something that makes all doc types be exposed to the network not the entire hard drive?

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2015, 09:33:15 PM »
I know you guys are thinking wow this guy is an idiot but I don't have the slightest clue about anything hacking or malware related. So thanks for putting up with me.

No worries, everyone started from a place of cluelessness. The only way to gain knowledge is to ask. It is true that malware writers are in it for profit, but trying to determine what profit they want is going to require more space than we currently have. Some are in it to steal your financial information, some want your pictures, some just want control of your computer so they can hack the German Central Bank, or some other financial institution. Maybe they just want to hack the DOD. Or maybe it is the neighbor kid that you called a moron yesterday and his payback is to delete every check in your Quicken account that has .02 in it.

This is something that most people have a hard time understanding, is what the malware writer is really after. The reasons are as varied as there are people writing malware.

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Re: Malware on limewire
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2015, 09:46:44 PM »
Why would anyone want someone's pictures and what would they do with them