Forensic Analysis Of The μTorrent Peer-to-Peer Client In Windows

by Michael R. Godfrey

The μTorrent software client is the most popular BitTorrent peer-to-peer software application worldwide. Contraband files such as copyrighted movies and music, child pornography and pirated content, are frequently acquired through the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing protocol BitTorrent. This research will include the digital forensic analysis of the μTorrent client, specifically, the free (Basic) version 3.5.3 for Windows released on utorrent.com. The μTorrent client is based on the same architecture of the original, less popular client, itself named BitTorrent (bittorrent.com). In fact both software applications are owned by BitTorrent, Inc. Although the same artifacts have been identified in all versions of μTorrent, any examination of other versions should be tested by the examiner.

μTorrent is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS (only with a jailbroken device). A computer running μTorrent can be paired with external devices for viewing (iOS and Android mobile devices, USB storage drives, and certain streaming devices).

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