Japan’s earthquake didn’t even slow BitTorrent use

Not even the worst earthquake in its recorded history can keep Japan’s file-swapping community down. Last month, a team at Northwestern University near Chicago used its own BitTorrent monitoring tools to watch the number of BitTorrent peers exchanging data during the week before the earthquake and the week of the earthquake. They were largely identical, with one exception.

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Through BitTorrent’s randomness, communities emerge

Sure, you probably slather on the sunscreen when you go to the beach, but what does the discerning BitTorrenter use to protect file transfers from the harsh light of day? Northwestern University researchers suggest “SwarmScreen,” their new torrenting obfuscation tool. It’s not encryption—and that’s the point.

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P2P, mimetizzarsi tra la folla si può

Roma – Suscita notevole curiosità uno studio effettuato da alcuni ricercatori statunitensi che ha rivelato una potenziale minaccia per la privacy degli utenti nascosta nel cuore delle reti P2P . Secondo lo studio, tracciando le attività del filesharing sarebbe possibile arrivare a sgominare più utenti con uno sforzo pressoché nullo. Lungi dal creare isterie collettive, i ricercatori hanno già fornito una soluzione: un tool di mimetizzazione che si interfaccia con i maggiori client del circuito torrent, ma che necessita di qualche piccolo sacrificio in termini di banda.

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Researchers Create ‘Neighborhood Watch’ System to Detect Network Problems

Network outages can have a big impact on businesses that rely on the Internet (which is just about every business these days), but sometimes cable breaks or other problems can be hard to quickly isolate so they can be repaired. So researchers at Northwestern University set up a new system that borrows a page from brick-and-mortar neighborhood-watch programs to keep an eye out for network problems.

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