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Huge Security Flaw Makes VPNs Useless for BitTorrent


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Huge Security Flaw Makes VPNs Useless for BitTorrent

Millions of BitTorrent users who have chosen to hide their identities through a VPN service may not be as anonymous as they would like to be. Due to a huge security flaw, those who use IPv6 in combination with a PPTP-based VPN such as Ipredator are broadcasting information linking to their real IP-address on BitTorrent.

As pressure from anti-piracy outfits on governments to implement stricter copyright laws increases, millions of file-sharers have decided to protect their privacy by going anonymous. In Sweden alone an estimated 500,000 Internet subscribers are hiding their identities. Many of these use PPTP-based VPNs such as The Pirate Bay?s Ipredator or Relakks.


I received this news in an email from Black VPN. It sounds awful, frightening, somehow Orwellian: but there are easy ways to disable IPv6, and IPv4 is (supposedly) safe.

For reasonably easy to follow instructions on disabling IPv6 try here: http://www.home-network-help.com/disable-ipv6.html

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