Unfortunately sometimes these information-sharing systems have been used to engage in illegal activity.
Some of the most common crimes associated with Peer-to-Peer networks are the following: Copyright Infringement: It is a violation of federal law to distribute copyrighted music, movies, software, games, and other works without authorization.
Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don’t know, and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you do know. With the growth of high-speed Internet connections, many opt to leave their computers on and ready for action.
Typically, users of Peer-to-Peer networks install free software on their computers which allows them (1) to find and download files located on another Peer-to-Peer user's hard drive, and (2) to share with those other users files located on their own computer.A special agent in our Cyber Division offered the following: A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to gain access to crash it, delete information, or even steal passwords or other sensitive information.Software firewalls are widely recommended for single computers.Child Exploitation and Obscenity: The receipt or distribution of child pornography and unlawful obscenity over the Internet also is a serious federal crime.The FBI cautions parents and guardians that, because there is no age restriction for the use of Peer-to-Peer services, pornography of all types is easily accessible by the many young children whose parents mistakenly believe they are only accessing music or movies.