Inspired by TorrentFreak's Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week, welcome to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated, where we take a look at the world of Torrent piracy and see where the most revenue is being lost! The piracy world is constantly changing. With new releases coming out every day, it can be hard to keep up-to-date with it all. This segment will help you keep your finger on the pulse of the torrent underworld. Below is a table showing the top 10 most popular application torrents of this past week:
|Ranking||Torrent Name||Size (MB)||Age (Days)||Swarm Size|
|1||Top Paid Android Apps, Games & Themes Pack 14 June 2014 ANDROID ZONE||2,112||4||889|
|2||Windows 8 1 AIO 24in1 with Update x64 en US Jun2014||4,174||6||650|
|3||Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 en US Jun2014 murphy78||4,221||3||647|
|4||Windows 8 1 Pro x64 iso||3,720||4||506|
|5||Keys for ESET NOD32, Kaspersky, Avast, Dr Web, Avira June 16 2014||1||2||400|
|6||Internet Download Manager IDM 6 20 Build 3 Final Incl Crack SceneDL||9||1||326|
|7||Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 Integrated June 2014 KingBhai TEAM OS HKRG||625||3||300|
|8||Windows 8 1 AIO 24in1 With Update June 2014 x64 ENG RUS GER bu murphy78 KingBhai TEAM OS HKRG||4,350||5||262|
|9||Windows 8 Sweet Dream x64 iso Installer KingBhai TEAM OS HKRG||4,071||1||229|
|10||Windows Seven Black 20 X64 Paradox x = Team OS =||11,264||1||226|
This week’s Top 10 is full of interesting data trends that really lend a hand in explaining how the torrent scene functions: 7 of the 10 are torrents for Microsoft Windows operating systems! At first this seems strange and hard to explain; is it because of the Windows XP phase out? In this case the reason for the releases actually have very little to do with Microsoft or the end users, all of these releases have been produced by the same group. Team OS and murphy78 are “trusted” names in the piracy scene, they have a history of producing “quality” releases. This means that when they post a new release it gets adopted very quickly, often making it into the Top 10.
Sure that explains the popularity of the torrents, but why are there so many this week? To answer this question we must take a look at the motivation of the release group. These groups thrive off of the reputation they earn in the piracy channels. Many torrent sites have a system of points that get used to show how popular a group (and in turn their releases) are. It’s common for a group to post releases in batches in order to drive traffic and raise their “score” higher than posting one release at a time would. This mentality is not unlike that of a gang looking to increase its notoriety.
Well now that we understand the bulk of the torrents, what is left over? As with last week, we see a torrent of various antivirus license keys including Kaspersky, Avast, and Avira. These come out in packs and are usually a weekly or even daily release. Following that same type of release schedule, there is another torrent for Android applications and a new release of a Download Manager. It is very common to see weekly releases of applications that are under development as the groups are usually able to reuse their cracking methods on each new version.
That’s it for the week, thanks for checking in and I hope you join us next week for another detailed look into the psyche of the piracy underworld!
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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