FTC official: peer-to-peer software poses risks

Peer-to-peer (p2p) file sharing programs often carry hidden packages containing spyware, adware and viruses, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) official testified on Tuesday before a US House of Representatives oversight committee.

Mary Engle, associate director of the FTC’s division of advertising practices, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that consumer use of peer-to-peer file sharing technology can “be risky.” In addition to the bundled spyware and adware often associated with p2p downloads, she said users can inadvertently share personal or sensitive files with others.


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