torrenting software µTorrent has included an automatic cryptocoin-miner in their latest update

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by dogbite, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. dogbite

    dogbite Registered Member

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    Got it from Reddit.

    Original page removed but still cache still available:


    https://webcache.googleusercontent....atest-utorrent/ &cd=1&hl=es-419&ct=clnk&gl=us


    http://help.utorrent.com/customer/portal/articles/1905891-what-is-epic-scale-

    "Epic Scale is a cryptocurrency miner that uses a portion of your CPU cycles to contribute to the mining effort. A portion of the proceeds from this effort go to philanthropic initiatives. Please visit http://www.epicscale.com/ for more information. Epic Scale is a great partner for us to continue to generate revenue for the company, while contributing funds to good causes. In the future, Epic Scale plans to contribute CPU cycles to other initiatives, such as Genome mapping and other academic studies that require a great deal of processing power."
     
  2. Mortal Raptor

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    For anyone who uses uTorrent, it's really time you switch to an open source client like qBittorrent, read this please:

    bundling crapware that mines for cryptocurrency

    what's worse is, I even purchased the uTorrent Pro as uTorrent was my fav torrent client, but even the Pro version has the same bundled crapware, yes you don't see ads in the program itself, but during installation, you get all the crapware just like the free version! so much for a paid product! scamming at its best. got a refund immediately

    Also make sure you do this:

    How to Remove uTorrent’s EpicScale Crapware From Your Computer
     
  3. trott3r

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    Wow that is a poor effort and a major PR disaster for uTorrent.
     
  4. Mortal Raptor

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    I don't mind them putting ads and crapware in the free version they have to make money somehow and I've tried every torrent client out there, they all suck with the exception of qBittorrent.....but I still prefer the UI of uTorrent maybe coz I'm so used to it....... so I went ahead and paid for a yearly subscription for the Pro version only to be shocked that it is no different than the free version in terms of bundling crapware except for the fact that it doesn't show ads by default in the main GUI which you can easily disable in the free version! so much for supporting a company with 0 ethics......I asked for a refund after seeing the crapware it bundles and they gave me a refund no questions asked.
    Even when I opted out of everything in the Pro installer when it asked me to install bla bla bla, when I ran SAS, it still detected a hidden ask toolbar extension in my browser!
     
  5. gerardwil

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    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2893...-cryptocurrency-miner-on-users-computers.html
     
  6. Veeshush

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    That's exactly what I did years ago for the fear of something like this happening. As if we haven't learned from KaZaA yet, I just can't trust proprietary stuff especially with torrent software.

    I take all public relations from any company under scrutiny unseriously.
     
  7. Mortal Raptor

    Mortal Raptor Banned

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    LOL! Libre software FTW
     
  8. dogbite

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    I still use 2.2.1
     
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    http://www.ghacks.net/2015/03/07/detect-and-remove-epicscale-from-your-windows-pc/
     
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