Azureus : The Latest Search Engine Hack
By Dan Morrill
Article Date: 2008-11-17
This interesting Google hack returns 134 entries in Google, and 63 in Microsoft's search engine, Yahoo returns 216 results. This quick Google hack allows someone to go in and see what someone is sharing with Azureus, one of the more popular bittorrent clients out there.
The hack looks like this intitle:"Azureus : Java BitTorrent Client Tracker"
You can see the Google results here (might have to say show omitted results otherwise it will return only 10), and you can see the Microsoft search engine results here. You can see the Yahoo results here.
Some of these clients will time out as they are not on line now, but were on line at the time the search engine found them.
If you are serious about Bittorrent and your security, it is very important that you turn off the HTML section of your client, any client. This is not just limited to Azureus, any bittorrent client that has an HTML interface can be easily found using any one of the three major search engines.
Go to setup, options, client, (most bittorrent clients are like this, if in doubt, check the help files for your particular client) and always make sure that the HTML side of the client is turned off. There is really no reason to have that on, and all it does is make it easier for people to see what you are downloading and sharing.
About the Author:
Dan Morrill has been in the information security field for 18 years, both civilian and military, and is currently working on his Doctor of Management. Dan shares his insights on the important security issues of today through his blog, Managing Intellectual Property & IT Security, and is an active participant in the ITtoolbox blogging community.