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Submission + - Game Publishers Using Stealth P2P Clients (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: TorrentFreak has shed some light on the dark practice of installing stealth-mode P2P clients during game downloads and using unsuspecting gamers' PCs as "bandwidth slaves". The clients operate in the background and largely go unnoticed until problems arise caused by overactive uploading/seeding, as seen in the examples given here and here.

While the Akamai NetSession Interface and Pando Media Booster are specifically called out, there appear to be other offendors as indicated in the comments left by TF readers. TF is calling for support an industry "best practices" effort to promote transparency, control and privacy on behalf of gamers' that otherwise are being abused for their bandwidth without their consent.

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Game Publishers Using Stealth P2P Clients

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