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    • Bommuraj Paramaraj

      Important Security Advisory   06/07/2016

      On June 6th, 2016, BitTorrent was made aware of a security issue involving the vendor which powers our forums.
      The vulnerability appears to have been through one of the vendor’s other clients, however it allowed attackers to access some information on other accounts. As a result, attackers were able to download a list of our forum users. We are investigating further to learn if any other information was accessed.Our vendor has made backend changes so that the hashes in the file do not appear to be a usable attack vector. As a precaution, we are advising our users to change their passwords. While the passwords may not be used as a vector on the forums, those hashed passwords should be considered compromised. Anyone using the same password for forums as well as other places is strongly advised to update their passwords and/or practice good personal security practices.


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  1. I figured this out on my own. Even with the VPN and firewall disabled, the SOCKS5 proxy was active in uTorrent. Temporarily disabling the proxy allowed me to activate the ad-free license.
  2. Disabling both (quitting the main apps, killing remaining processes, disconnecting and reconnecting to the network) yields the same result. I've also searched through the rules for the firewall (both Glasswire and Windows firewall) to see if there were any blocking entries, but found none.
  3. I have just purchased an ad-free license. When I try to activate, uTorrent gives an error that reads: "Failed to reach activation server. Please check your internet connection and try again." My internet connection is working properly - I am able to download torrents, visit websites in my browser, etc. I am running Glasswire Firewall and PIA VPN. To my knowledge, there are not restrictions or rules in either application that would block uTorrent.