Using a public torrent site to login to your private trackers is hardly a wise thing to do. Why? Well, because leaving aside the handiness of having a single site to handle all of your private accounts, this “practice” may put your account details (and, of course, your passkey from the torrrents) in the wrong hands.
For example, BTJunkie.org, quite popular, in fact, is the type of torrent website that lets registered users set up an account and your private trackers (for which you need to submit your username and password ), and go on with their searching and downloading of torrents.
However, Cartoon Chaos, the 1st cartoon torrent tracker around, made a bit of a noise yesterday when it launched a serious warning regarding using BTJunkie and private tracker accounts:
If you use BT Junkie and have noticed your ratio behaving weirdly, or someone leeching something under your name that you aren’t, please be aware that they actually harvest your private ID (PID) from your .torrent files if you sign up an account with them for remote torrent downloading.
What that translates to is that if you upload a torrent from here to BTJunkie..or use them to index or download torrents from private trackers you are a member of, your passkey or Private ID will become PUBLIC – anyone who goes and downloads that .torrent can then connect to our tracker via your account ID and abuse YOUR ratio!!
Now it is always up to you the user to protect your PID (if you know this applies to you go to your My Panel and change it now) – see our rules.
If you use BT Junkie we recommend you stop doing so and change your passkey now. You will then need to redownload the .torrents for every file you had active in your client to continue seeding/leeching them.
This has affected users on other private trackers – we’ve had one case so far so please make sure you aren’t affected if you use the service.
– CC Staff
So, whatever the reason for this collecting of your private ID (passkey) from your .torrent files, (perhaps to speed up the download of those torrents, that is for public users) be there warned. And probably, we really don’t need to be telling you this again but the MPAA is always lurking around and if you take the time to think that it’s now (thanks to the above facts also) to enter into the torrent swarms of private trackers to log IP addresses, without being required an account at one…well, you go figure!