Freaky Report: Windows 10 Users Are Being Banned From Accessing Torrent Sites

Two days ago BitTorrent tracker has taken the steps towards preventing users with Windows 10 computers from accessing the services contained within. Owners of a number of high profile torrents sites have determined that Windows 10 collects and sends a large amount of identifying data back to Microsoft, which in tun is shared with its strategic partners. Banned Windows 10 users over privacy concerns, and other private torrent trackers may follow suit and the decision has been taken to prevent machines running Windows 10 from accessing the sites.

Microsoft although reached new hights this week when reports suggested that it would wipe torrent downloads and pirated software from people’s hard drives. Regarding all the recent privacy concerns were enough to have the operating system banned from several torrent trackers. The sites have reportedly put processes and checks in place to prevent Windows 10 users from accessing and using their trackers. The BitTorrent tracker is essentially the server that torrent sites use to facilitate the communication between peers that are using the BitTorrent protocol. Trackers like these allow two-way communication to request and provide files that are required to complete the requested download. Blocking access to these trackers for Windows 10 users ultimately kills the torrent experience for anyone running Microsoft’s latest OS.

This is what the Microsoft says, it can and will collect all kinds of data from your Windows 10 PC, may forcefully remove and/or prevent users from enjoying copyrighted content that has been downloaded illegally on machines running Windows 10 and counterfeit hardware. Torrent sites on the other hand provides access to illegal digital content, such as Movies, TV Shows, Music, Games etc., are worried about that Microsoft’s relevation and at least three of them looking at banning Windows 10 users that have updated.

TorrentFreak is reporting that the torrent sites including iTS, BB and FSC are both telling their customers they can’t use Windows 10 to download any content available on the torrent sites, and the tracker iTS started off the process by putting the check and ban in place, which ultimately redirected any detected Windows 10 users to a video on YouTube entitled “Windows 10 is a tool to spy on everything you do.”  In fact the Microsoft’s latest and supposedly greatst platform is also compounded that seamingly shares any collected data with MarkMonitor, a brand protection company that is said to be involved in the U.S. Copyright Alarm System. iTS had this to say on the subject:

Many of you might have heard or read about the terrible privacy policy of windows 10 recently. Unfortunately Microsoft decided to revoke any kind of data protection and submit whatever they can gather to not only themselves but also others. One of those is one of the largest anti-piracy company called MarkMonitor. Amongst other things windows 10 sends the contents of your local disks directly to one of their servers. Obviously this goes way too far and is a serious threat to sites like ours which is why we had to take measures. Since last thursday windows 10 is officially banned from iTS.


Admitted that Microsoft has been actually working with MarkMonitor for a number of years in one or another. There’s also no official evidence that Microsoft actually collects any piracy information to be shared. But it still seems that the connection between Windows 10 and MarkMonitor is enought to raise the red alarm for a number of torrent sites.

Notably, if you want to take action against Microsoft’s privacy-infringing settings, then do it so in a faster way. Or else downgrade your Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.

(Source: TorrentFreak)

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