Limewire Sucks

And this article can prove it:

A Seattle man was sentenced to more than three years in prison Tuesday for using the Limewire file-sharing service to lift personal information from computers across the U.S.

The case highlights a type of identity theft that is probably more common than most people realize, said Kathryn Warma, assistant U.S. attorney in the Computer Hacking and Internet Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The man, Frederick Wood, typed words like “tax return” and “account” into the Limewire search box, Warma said. That allowed him to find and access computers on the Limewire network with shared folders that contained tax returns and bank account information.

As much as people strenuously wish to deny it, music piracy is both illegal and, more importantly, immoral (and I say that as a creator of intellectual property myself). However, if that argument fails to sway you, consider this; with Limewire, you leave your system open to a huge variety of malware. A significant percentage of the infected computers I see acquired their infections via Limewire, BearShare, and other P2P file-sharing networks. And if that wasn’t bad enough, you leave yourself vulnerable to scoundrels like Mr. Wood.

So: don’t use Limewire.

-JM

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