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Detecting BitTorrent

This is where you can ask questions and get and give help about hardware related issues. This Forum will be moderated by Taw with help from some other experts. So feel free to ask any questions you may have about computers.

Post Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:47 am

They say it works fine with 32-bit Vista. It's just 64-bit Vista that's the problem. It doesn't appear to be compatible with 64-bit XP, either.

Post Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:34 pm

well there should be several means of detecting BT traffic

1. centralized trackers. there are only a few really big ones, and connecting to one means obviously, you're running BT
2. traffic spikes - BT does not run anywhere near a constant speed, it tends to go up and down. this is not normal behavior
3. BT runs best with a port open, and typically your stupid end user will not change this setting from default, so its recognizable.
4. BT connections 'swarm' - if someone is opening ten active connections at a time, and then cycling through thousands of IPs, it's probably bittorrent.
5. BT is typically unencrypted, meaning that a network admin could easily sniff for BT specific packets
6. BT does not resemble any other kind of traffic - streaming, downloading, gaming, etc - it's just a very recognizable pattern afaik

conclusion? depending on -how- they detect it you may or may not be able to elude detection by changing ports, restricting your traffic, using IP blocks, etc etc . anyways, there's plenty of other P2P programs and file sharing sites, so I don't see it as a huge problem. for anything legit that is
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