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Proof of Concept: Open Torrent Trackers #bittorrent

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I use bittorrent, in fact I use bittorrent often enough that I look for methods to gains extra seeders and extra peers so I can get the object of my obsession quicker. I also like sharing items, with torrent that would mean I go to the relevant torrent sites and announce the creation of a download by uploading a torrent file which contains a reference to my file on my computer. As I have often stated I am also lazy, which means that I would like to get things into the hands of others with the minimal amount of effort.

I have taken the time to read some of the specifications of bittorrent – I wouldn’t call myself an expert – and discovered that it is possible to add trackers to a torrent file and even if those trackers didn’t originally contain a reference, in the form of an info_hash key, to the torrent they will be registered with the tracker. Which saves me some time when seeding files.

So I did a little experimentation yesterday and created a list of trackers which would automatically pick up the file. Naturally I searched for existing files, which include well known trackers using various torrent sites, after collating the list and removing the duplicates I created torrent files containing these lists and added the torrent trackers to the files. And waited for the trackers to pick up the file. Which trackers listed below did, you might recognize PRQ which is a free speech haven in Sweden.

To my disappointment the torrents where not listed on the torrent sites who’s trackers picked them up. So the next step is to discover which trackers, not listed below, will pick up and publish the torrent finding it in a web spider. The torrents can be found in trackerlist – 20110618.torrent and trackerlist – 20110619.torrent, the last one being seeded only by this link (private on pastebin).

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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Forban: Local Opportunistic p2p #security

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No, it’s not just another p2p/file sharing program. Forban is a local network p2p program, it’s meant for replicating ANY file to computers in the immediate proximity without requiring the Internet. As it is has a narrow focus on the local network it can also be used for Personal Area Networks consisting of laptop’s and mobile devices. I have yet to be able to install python on my digital camera, but I’m sure that this will be possible in the future.

It can be run in two modes, gossip and epidemic. Gossip mode, uses the gossip protocol to spread the files by disseminating the data the peer has to a random peer. Epidemic mode is similar to a real virus epidemic, spreading the files rapidly from one Forban server to another. Like any p2p network it requires that there are others running for it to communicate with, these can be intermittently connected to the network, whether it be a mobile device which comes into proximity of the LAN/PAN or a laptop.

It uses HTTP, and I doubt that adding authenticated HTTPS would be much of an issue once the PKI infrastructure is in place. This would make it ideal for rapidly sharing or backing up data without user interaction when you get to the office. And as it requires little user interaction, and with authenticated HTTPS this service can be left running in the background with minimal risk of the wrong people getting their hands on the data.

Forban is an old French word for pirate.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

February 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm

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Fair Use #copyright

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allows non-free images to be used under the terms of . In the case of the photograph below I can use it as I am discussing the photograph and not the contents, in other words used in a transformative nature.


IANAL and TINLA but this post, and the wikipedia entry Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the 1979 Hostage Crisis, are examples of fair-use. Although if this photo was included in an article about the Iran hostage crisis this would not be an instance of fair-use.

So could I freely include a photograph just by discussing the photograph?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 21, 2009 at 8:09 pm

YouTube, what’s the use?

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I have had enough of the location restriction. What’s honestly the use of restricting me from watching something on YouTube? I can subscribe to a channel which then disallows me from watching the movie. It makes it even more interesting when I can get all the BBC channels from the cable or digital television here in the Netherlands, yet can’t watch the repeats on BBC’s or YouTube’s websites.

I’m against piracy, seriously against it, so I try to get things legally. I don’t download music or films, even though it’s perfectly legal in the country I live in. I watch all the stupid adverts on MSNBC’s news items, even though I figured out years ago how to skip them.

This is why I like Google Video, though I still fear Googlezon.

Who else thinks it irony that Google owns Youtube?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Airport to scan laptops for “illegal” downloads

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Thanks to Jeremiah Cornelius who send me the article Airport scans for illegal downloads on iPods, mobile phones and laptops

“iPods, mobile phones and laptops could be examined by airport customs officials for illegal downloads under strict new counterfeiting measures being considered by G8 governments this week”

In the Netherlands it is perfectly legal to download “illegal” content, but not to upload it. It falls under a copy for personal use, whether you have the original or not. So when I travel my computer has some “illegal” data on it. According to a recent consumer program on Dutch TV since the actual downloading takes place in the Netherlands where it is legal to download the rest of the EU can’t do anything about it.The problem is that they will try to enforce it even when the illegal act took place in a country where it wasn’t illegal.

Another problem is that I can make copies for my personal use in most European companies, I’m not going to bring my collection of movies and music when I travel I want to bring my music. How can they proof that I downloaded it?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

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