The report uncovered that 43 percent of applications and 39 percent of games contained malicious software that could infect corporate and vendor networks – highlighting that P2P file sharing can pose a major security threat to organizations and their vendors.
While the sharing and downloading of copyrighted or pirated content and applications over peer-to-peer typically violates most corporate policies, the behavior continues to occur at a high rate. Movies and games often come to mind when organizations think about P2P file sharing; however, the majority of infected applications that was uncovered were either Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office or various versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
23 percent of organizations analyzed have evidence of some P2P file sharing activity on their networks.
43 percent of torrented application files and 39 percent of torrented games contained malicious software.
Adobe Photoshop and Grand Theft Auto V are the top torrented applications and games respectively.
Industries such as Government, Education, and Energy/Utilities are poor performers; more than a quarter of companies in these industries have observed BitTorrent file sharing activity in the last six months.
Companies with more file sharing activity were likely to have more compromised machines due to botnet infections.
Many employees use the Bittorrent network to download and share copyrighted materials. The presence of such materials on workstations and computers can lead to potential liabilities and embarrasements for coporate organisations as well as fines levied too. Enterprises should ensure that these applications and sites are blocked at their firewall to secure their network.