INFORMATION SECURITY

Unauthorized Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Software


Due to legal and security considerations, the following peer-to-peer (P2P) applications are not authorized on Health Science Center computers or on other computers while attached to the University network. Additionally, the use of P2P has been prohibited for State-owned systems and networks by Executive Order of the Governor and implemented by the Texas Department of Information Resources.

These applications represent a threat to the University in several ways. First of all, downloaded music and video open the University and the affected users to litigation by the recording and movie industries; these organizations have successfully brought lawsuits against universities totalling millions of dollars. Secondly, downloaded software is frequently "hacked" in such a way as to bypass the need to register it; like downloaded music and video, this amounts to copyright infringement and theft of intellectual property. The hacked software may also be virus infected (you may never know exactly HOW they hacked it). Lastly, those who develop malware (worms, viruses, etc.) are now using the P2P distribution networks as avenues of infection; in this way, P2P users are among the first to be infected.

This list is not all-inclusive and will be updated as new applications are discovered. If you have any questions concerning this mandate, please feel free to contact Information Security & Assurance at the e-mail address shown below.

µTorrent
ABCVu
Acquisition
Aimster
AllPeers
ANts
Apex DC++
Ares
Ares Lite
AudioGalaxy
Azureus
Bearshare
Babelgum
BeNapster
BitComet
BitTornado
BitTorrent
Blazter
Blubster
Bodetella
Capster
Collanos
Console Napster CLT
Cooltella
Defender
DeWrapster
DiaRRIA
DirectConnect
DJnap
eDonkey
eMule
eXeem
Fanster
FAROO
File Navigator
FileTopia
Freenet
Freecast
FreeWire
FrostWire
Furi Launcher
Furi Updater
Gnapster
Gnewtella
Gnewtella2
Gnome-Napster
GnOtella
GnuCache
Gnucleus
Gnujatella
Gnumm
GNUnet
Gnuspace
Gnut
Gnute
Gnutella
Gnutella Crawler
Gnutella for Mac
Gnutella.it
GnutellaXfer
Gnutmeg
Gobobo
Grokster
GTK-Gnutella
GTK-Napster
Hackster
Hagelslag
iMesh
iNapster
J Napster
JNap
Jnerve
Kazaa
Kazaa Lite
Kazaa Lite K++
Kazaa Media Desktop
KCeasy
KNapster
konspire
Koog Epsilon
LimeWire
Lopster
LordofSearch
Macstar
Macster
Mactella
Madster
Morpheus
Music City
MyGnut
MyNapster
MyTella
NapAmp
Napigator
Napkin
NapMan
Napsack
Napster
Napster for Beos.htm
Napster for Linux
Napster Server Manager
Napster Unban
Napster/2
Napsterminator
N-Dream Plug-in for Napster
NeoNapster
Netstreak iAssimilator
Newtella
N-Tella
OneMX
OpenNap
Overnet
Pando
Pakster
PeaGnut
Pi
Phex
PicoPhone
Piolet
Poisoned
PPLive
Pygnut
Qtella
Rapster
Reflector
Riscster
ScourExchange
SearchLord
Shareaza
Snap
Socks2HTTP
SoulSeek
Spyster
Swaptor
TekNap
TKNap
Tor
Tribler
TrustyFiles
Twister
Unwrapper
VAMP Media Center
Vuze
Warez P2P
Webnap
WinMX
Wrapster
XMNap
XoloX Ultra
YaCy