A WEB SITE is able to show what users have downloaded using Bit Torrent and is exposing their IP addresses to others who visit it.
According to Torrent Freak, the developers of youhavedownloaded.com want to make people aware of the lack of privacy with Bit Torrent, and they are working on a more anonymous version of the technology.
The Russia based service, which claims to track about 20 per cent of all public Bit Torrent downloads, displays the user's IP address and what you have downloaded, immediately when you visit the web site.
You can also search for files or IP-addresses to find out who has downloaded what. Apparently the database has information on 51,274,000 users, who together shared 103,200 torrents.
Torrent Freak spoke to Suren Ter, one of the web site's founders, who said, "We just want to remind people that the Internet is not a place to expect privacy. Nowadays many people use it without understanding what information they leave behind. Also, even those who understand choose to ignore it quite often."
Of course, those who are using Bit Torrent through a proxy or VPN will not turn up on the web site.
Does it work? We visited the web site and got this message, "Hi. We have no records on you."
It went on, "This means you are using a private torrent tracker or, of course, you may not be a torrent user at all! It happens. Please, entertain yourself. Feel free to see what other people have downloaded. The search box is on the top. If you have any friends who use torrents, use it to scare them off. We also have a widget that you can install in your website, blog or Facebook page. Or you can just send them a link to this site. They will see a table similar to what you see below. The only difference - they will see their downloads."
And it concluded, "Well, you are in the clear. But look what others do."
This was followed by a list of IP addresses and downloads that we'd rather not print on our web site.
Youhavedownloaded.com has obviously been created with the greater good in mind, but those who are filesharers of copyrighted media content will have to hope that the MAFIAA's internet police don't start using this information for their own purposes. µ