Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents.
What happens when the torrent protocol is used legally to distribute popular open source software? We see record swarm size numbers! This week we see the GNU Image Manipulation Program (also known as "GIMP" - a very popular alternative to Adobe Photoshop) top the charts with over 4,000 peers in its swarm. While the GIMP team has been distributing via torrents for some time now, we rarely see it in our scope due to the trackers used in its releases. This week, however, it has been uploaded to many major sites and is being seen on torrent tracking sites that are more often used for pirated releases. Its enormous number of peers is a clear indicator of the success of this distribution method.
|1||gimp 2 8 14 setup 1 exe||87||2||4,088|
|2||Microsoft Office ProPlus 2013 SP1 VL x64 en US Oct2014||2,258||4||925|
|3||Avast Internet Security v 2015 10 0 0 2206 Incl License till 2016 =TEAM OS= HKRG||174||1||591|
|4||Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 Integrated October 2014 Maherz =TEAM OS= HKRG||624||2||456|
|5||Keys for ESET NOD32, Kaspersky, Avast, Avira and Dr Web 25 October 2014||0||3||407|
|6||Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32Bits ACtivated Team Rjaa||2,865||6||383|
|7||Windows 8 1 AIO 48in1 with Update x86 en US Oct2014 Murphy78 =TEAM OS= HKRG||4,936||4||296|
|8||Avast Premier 2015 10 0 2206 License by ZeNiX FirstUpload||177||5||266|
|9||Windows 8 1 nVIDIA Edition 2014 X86 DiLshad Sys =TEAM OS= HKRG||2,582||3||259|
|10||MAGIX Photostory 2015 Deluxe 14 0 1 42 Crack||634||1||238|
Also on the list this week is a new wave of releases by TEAM OS, spanning Windows XP through Windows 8.1. Many of these are themed, contain extra applications and come pre-cracked to ensure their usability. This comes as no surprise as TEAM OS has become a popular and well-trusted name among the torrent community. We expect to continue seeing future releases as new versions of Windows are released. TEAM OS has also expanded its release portfolio to include an Avast software release (one of two we see this week). The other is by an equally popular group, FirstUploads, that prides itself on being the first to post newly cracked software.
The remaining torrents include a new set of license keys for numerous Antivirus providers such as Kaspersky and ESET, as well as a release of MAGIX’s Photostory product. Photostory is a competitor to Photodex’s Proshow product and is used to create slideshows from digital photos.
Vice President, Products & Strategy at Revulytics
Victor DeMarines brings extensive security product management and marketing experience to Revulytics, where he is responsible for product strategy and direction. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics including piracy, reverse engineering and the protection of intellectual property.
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