“Internet provider AT&T has patented a new technology that allows the company to accurately track content being shared via BitTorrent and other P2P networks. The company explains that the technology can be utilized to detect pirated downloads and combat congestion on its network. Whether the company is already using the system to track infringing content, or has plans to do so, is unknown.
In the U.S. alone, BitTorrent transfers account for one-third of all upstream traffic during peak hours.
This massive network use has received plenty of interest from Internet providers over the years, but AT&T is planning to take it to the next level.”
“The system described by AT&T focuses specifically on torrents, which are gathered from search engines and other websites through RSS feeds. Discovered content is collected in a database and the system then downloads the torrent and records information on the people who are downloading.
In the patent AT&T notes that peer-to-peer traffic accounts for a large percentage of traffic generated on the Internet…”
Read full report: http://torrentfreak.com/att-gets-patent-to-monitor-and-track-file-sharing-traffic-130628/