[Alert] Gawker’s Source Code & 1.4 Million Users Database is on Torrent for Download

Alert Gawker passwords

I read somewhere longtime back that Internet is write-only medium, i.e you cannot delete once anything goes on the web!

Unfortunately, for Gawker medias more than 1,400,000 registered users, above statement seem to be getting true.

If you search for “gawker” keyword on any top torrent-search engines you will see list of torrents with all leaked data. Tough such torrents are getting deleted by torrent sites, new torrents with same content are coming up much faster.

So what does this hacked stuff contains?

It contains, source code of Gawker Media’s blogging platform (I personally do not interest in its code as I always believed they should have moved to WordPress long time back!)

It contains database dump which includes user-info including encrypted passwords. As passwords are encrypted you may feel safe.

Reason for putting emphasis on word “may” is –  I am yet to check Gawker code’s to see how password’s were encrypted. But if they were really “encrypted” and not “hashed” in pure technical terms, they can be decrypted. Also if they are hashed using simple md5, without any cryptographic salt, they are vulnerable to attack using widespread techniques like rainbow table.

Update: Torrent I downloaded contains decrypted password of entire Gawker media staff. This surely means our passwords can be very well decrypted!

Do we need to worry?

One word answer is – Yes!

Considering overall panic around us, it seems that user passwords could be recovered. LinkedIn’s forcing their users to reset their passwords, limited to users who were part of 1.4 million leaked database, could be viewed as their proactive security measure or simply their figuring out what the worst could happen!

My next line could be considered as an overstatement, but developers who works on closed-source system often rely more on “close” nature of codes for security rather than taking efforts to use best cryptographic techniques. So I really won’t be surprised if a hacker managed to decrypt atleast some of them password’s from Gawker’s leaked database.

Related: List of 5 Top Torrent-Search Engines

Usniff: A Meta Search Engine For Torrent

Sometimes ago, Rahul wrote a very nice article on torrent search engines. If you are searching for a rare file on torrent then switching between various search engines is a time consuming process.

Usniff is a nice torrent meta search engine which can search from various torrents search engines sites and displays all the results quickly. It search from approxiamtely 16 torrents search engines such as thepiratebay, torrentreactor, monova, sumotorrent, bittorent, kickasstorrents and many more.

Visit the website and type the name of movie or file you want to download and hit the magnifying glass icon. It will give a plenty of results within seconds.

The top verified results are sponsored links by Usniff. Try to avoid them and click on the link given below them. The name of search engine, size of file, no of seeds and peers appear in from of every search result.

The good thing about this search engine it doesn’t require the signup process and it is completely free to use. It is based on Ajax therefore it is very fast.

Check out torrent meta search engine Usniff and write in your comments and views.

Top 5 Demonoid Torrent Site Alternatives

Demonoid is a website and Bit Torrent tracker. It was one of the most popular Torrent site. Demonoid.com started experiencing the slow loading and downtime due to excessive user registrations. It is one of the older torrent site which was launched in 2003. But from 2008 it is experiencing the prolonged downtime frequently.

Normally the Torrent sites are well known for pirated version downloads providers which also feeds legal downloads. Demonoid is one such a kind of site that is feeded with millions od official books, Legal music and free Promotional Software downloads.

Recently Miminova is ordered to clean up the infringing torrents from its site. As it’s now taking the help of 3rd party to filter the copyrighted content.

Here are the 5 alternatives for Demonoid Torrent Site:

  1. The Pirate Bay
  2. Mininova
  3. ISO Hunt
  4. Bit Soup
  5. Vertor

Demonoid is a invite based torrent website. It provides the major quality, no-porn, exceedingly few viruses.

  • The Pirate Bay : Download music, movies, games, software and much more. The Pirate Bay is the world’s largest bittorrent tracker. The world’s most resilient bittorrent site” and is ranked as the 99th most popular website in the world.

  • Mininova : Mininova was one of the largest BitTorrent index sites. You can download Movies, TV Shows, Music, Software and more. Mininova is the largest BitTorrent search engine and directory on the net with thousands of torrents.

  • ISO Hunt : isoHunt is a BitTorrent index with over 1.7 million torrents in its database and 20 million peers from indexed torrents. It is a Bit Torrent search engine, with an awesome P2P community sharing comments and ratings in discovering new media.

  • Bit Soup : This is the fastest growing P2P downloader Torrent website. Bitsoup is the greatest place for anything bit related, movies, games, music and more. It is a private torrent website.

  • Vertor : One of the best and high quality torrent service provider with no Fake torrents. You can gownload music, TV shows, software, video films here. Users voted Vertor as the Best Torrent Site this year.

Do let us know which one if your favorite torrent site?

How To Download 100% Working Verified Torrents

torrent logo With a huge potential targets, bittorent sites are now the most safest place for hackers and spammers. In the past few months I’ve noticed more and more infected torrents getting getting popular. Some torrents are password-protected others contain malicious viruses, and there’s even fake torrents to lure in unsuspecting torrenters.So how can we know before downloading whether the torrent has been infected and it’s working or not.

Vertor is bittorrent site where every available torrents is checked for viruses, fakes, DRM and passwords. For this, it first downloads and then scans using latest antivirus software’s for any potential threat and makes sure that it not fake or password protected.

vertor logo

Suppose if you are downloading a new movie or popular video songs, you can search for the file with it’s build in search engine and each video torrent files are listed along with it’s screenshots.So you could verify before downloading whether the video torrent was fake or not, thereby saving your precious bandwidth.Similarly, for music torrents users can preview 20 seconds of the tracks, to avoid downloading the wrong files.

torrent screenshots

Further more, If a user has downloaded a torrent from a different site and wants to check if it is good enough, he can enter the hash of the torrent on a special page. If the torrent was checked by Vertor.com it will tell you whether it is a good one or not.

hash search

Overall features of Vertor

  • Check torrent files for complete download.
  • Screen-shots of video torrents.
  • Audio samples for music files.
  • Text/read-me/NFO files preview.
  • Checks torrent by hash.
  • HTTP Downloading Through BitLet.

Checkout Vertor.com


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btaccel – The Fastest Way to Download Torrents

TorrentTorrents. What was the first thing that came into your mind? Illegal? Warez? Axxo? The torrent system was meant to share large files without using up too much bandwidth. However downloading a torrent is not a piece of cake for the novice user. Seeds, peers, leechers all could be overwhelming. Enter btaccel – torrent downloading made easy and fast.

Continue reading btaccel – The Fastest Way to Download Torrents

uTorrent for Mac Released

µTorrent for Mac BetaOne of the most popular bittorrent client, uTorrent, is now available for Mac. This is beta release and only available for Intel-based Mac.

Like its Windows counterpart, Mac-version of uTorrent is lightweight and have simple user-interface. I used it to download few files had no issues. Stability is more than one can expect from first beta release.

µTorrent for mac

Now I am confused between uTorrent and Transmission, my favorite torrent client on Mac!

If you like to be notified when stable or a release for Mac OS X older than version 10.3 will be available, you can submit your email address here.

Rest can download beta version from here!

5 Best Torrent Search Engines + Google Trick for Torrent Search!

Update: Now we have few more nice torrent search engines. At the end of this post!

There are many sites which host torrent on Internet but most of them are spam sites or porn sites. So finding a torrent is hard and Google is not just enough to do this job. So here comes the list of search engines specially meant for searching torrents! At the end I will be sharing a trick to use Google for searching torrents!

torrentz Torrentz: This is my favorite. Simple and fast. Key feature is same torrent from different sources is not duplicated while showing results. So you get comprehensive search results. After selecting a torrent from results you can see user comments, various trackers, mirror links, related torrents & most important authenticity of that torrent.

It also have a dedicated movies & TV shows section. All torrent in these sections are verified. Additionally you can limit your searches to these sections. There is RSS feed option for these sections sections as well as for all search queries. So feed addicts will find torrentz most interesting!

ScrapeTorent ScrapeTorent: This also search across various torrent indexes. Key features are option to limit searches to particular category, option to filter dead-torrents & duplicates from results. They also have a forum if you need help. I come to know about this recently via Anil, a geek & fellow blogger.

pizzatorrent PizzaTorrent: I use this when torrentz fails. It shows real-time results from 15 best torrent hosts. It doesn’t club similar torrents in a single group so you may notice much higher number of results. But it does grouping by categories which saves you from downloading wrong torrent! However it produces too many useless results for multiword queries.

YouTorrentYouTorrent: It also shows real-time torrent results. By default it gathers results from 10 different torrent hosts. You can add/remove various torrent hosts for fine grained results. in left sidebar it shows related searches as well as top searches. This also produces few extra result which user may find useless. I think by default it looks search keywords in torrent description. This may be useful sometime but most of the time user is interested in torrent names only to get accurate search results.

 

GoogleGoogle: Yep Google can be used smartly to search anything on the Web! Just add filetype:torrent as it is to your search query and you will get results restricted to torrents. I use this only when all above fails. Unfortunately due to high amount of spam in torrent world you will be disappointed most of the times!

Also check 6 Most Frequently Used Google Search Operators For Better Searching!

There are many torrent search engines on net so it may happen I am missing your favorite one. Anyway let us know which one you like?

Update: Following is list of torrent search engine picked up from comments below…

BTJunkie Logo BTJunkie – They have database of 1.5 million torrents which they claimed to be largest. Better search options and ability to browse torrent is plus point. [Added by Juan‘s comment]

Toorgle Logo Toorgle – Power of Google Search used across 250+ torrent websites. Have index of more than 7 million torrents. A nice example of Googles custom search! :-)  [Added by Chris’s comment]

Torrent Finder Logo Torrent-Finder – Optionwise this beats all other torrent search site. Really huge database, with fine-grain control over what you want to include in search! Results can be browse in tabs. [Added by Jack’s comment]

Related: 21 Ways To Download YouTube, MySpace, Google, Metacafe and other videos!

FireTorrent : Firefox Extension for Downloading Torrents Without any external torrent client!

FireTorrent - Firefox ExtensionFireTorrent is Firefox Extension for all Torrent Lovers! While there are few extensions already out there on similar lines what makes this kool is its easy interface!

Can you imagine it is so easy that you don’t need any external application like µTorrent or bittorrent??

Just click on a torrent link and the downloading will start immediately.

#Features

  • Nice Integration: This extension adds a separate Torrent tab to the Firefox’s built-in download manager. (see screenshot)
  • Options: Provides option for selecting port nos, download/upload limit, location to save files, security & encryption configuration, etc! you can configure parameters like no. of connection, port no. to accept incoming connection, proxy settings, default folder, download/upload limit, etc! Everything like a standalone torrent client!
  • Need More Info: If you like to see more info like no. of peers you are downloading from just click on more info link!

FireTorrent Firefox Extension
(Screenshot 1: Click here to enlarge)

  • Easy Access: Just click on folder name next to Downloaded to as highlighted in above screenshot and it will open the folder where downloaded files are saved!

In their own words…

The FireTorrent extension strives to offer the most user-friendly BitTorrent experience. We’ve integrated the torrents manager as a separate tab in your browser’s download manager, and torrents can be downloaded from any website with a single click.

This results in a great user experience and should be attractive to both people that are new to downloading torrents and advanced users.

So click here to install FireTorrent Extension!

#Quick FAQ:

1. Nothing happened when I clicked the above link?

Ans: The extension is hosted on third party site. So I am sure you can see a Edit-Options stripe on top-side of this page! Just press Edit-Options, Click Allow and finally click above installation link again!

#User Question (by Khan)

1. In download window it doesnt show any file downloading!

Ans: Make sure you are at torrent tab in Firefoxs’ download manager (see above screenshot 1)
#Bonus: Just check out this start page from wyzo guys (developrers of above extension). It lets you search 33 engines with minimal effort. Just select your category (web, torrents, images, video, news, blogs or shopping) and you’ll find the top search engines in the dropdown menu. Conveniently, the most popular search engine is automatically selected for each category. May be its time to change your homepage! ;-)

So is this end of debate over superiority of different Torrent clients?

Links: Iinstall FireTorrent Extension | Download Firefox