Two BitTorrent websites were hacked yesterday, replacing downloads of torrent clients µTorrent and BitTorrent with malware instead of its intended download. Both sites were intentionally then taken offline by site operators so that things could be set straight. About two hours later, both utorrent.com and bittorrent.com came back online.
“This morning at approximately 4:20 a.m. PT, the uTorrent.com and BitTorrent.com Web servers were compromised. Our standard software download was replaced with a type of fake antivirus “scareware” program,” said BitTorrent’s VP of Software Simon Morris when speaking to TorrentFreak.
TorrentFreak also said the the malware was downloaded 28,000 times, and the malware was a garden variety fake antivirus program, often called "Scareware." The Bittorrent community jumped on IRC and Twitter to spread the word, and fast action followed.
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