Recently, Florian Adamsky presented a paper at a USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies. The paper reported on a study his team conducted on the possibility of exploiting BitTorrent protocols for Distributed Reflective Denial of Service Attacks (DRDoS). The risk being that an attacker could exploit a user unknowingly and have them direct traffic to a victim at such volume as to take them offline. Their net conclusion was that there were some vulnerabilities.
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Our engineers have recently updated the Bleep core engine to address offline forward secrecy.
We’ve discussed forward secrecy before, but this is a major overhaul to the fundamental way we package and transmit messages.
It also introduces something that no one else has figured out how to do (as far as we know): providing forward secrecy in messages that don’t have to be delivered in real-time (offline) and crucially, without a server. Others offer all of this, but none using distributed technology and without a server.
When the very first BitTorrent Sync mobile apps (on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Kindle) were introduced, it let users access files directly from a desktop folder, without a roundtrip to the cloud. When we launched Sync 2.0, we took a step forward by allowing users to link their personal devices together, making it so that each folder added to Sync is automatically made available on your mobile device.
Andy Needham (@imcalledandy) shares how he sets up his workflow with BitTorrent Sync, ensuring all his project files are backed up on a NAS box and accessible whenever he needs to work on them:
Drobo strives to make data storage as easy-to-use and automated as possible. These are core values we share with BitTorrent Sync; if you ever need to get files from one device to another (no matter what or where it is), simply share the folder and Sync takes care of the rest.
When we introduced the first version of our API, we wanted to provide developers access to the BitTorrent Sync engine and see what applications they could build to leverage it. It was an effort to build a community that made good use of distributed technology, one that took the reliance off of third-party servers and…
We built BitTorrent Sync to be a great tool for business workgroups and individual power users. It gives people an easy way to sync files across their devices and share with others, leveraging peer-to-peer technology to work fast and maintain a high standard of privacy.
Steve Cassingham, founder of Metastyle Films, shares how BitTorrent Sync helps him and his editor share Adobe Premiere files without having to deal with consistent folder structures:
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