(DAILYMAIL) — If you use popular file-sharing programs to download films and music from the internet, the chances are that your computer's virtual address has been logged, a study has claimed.
Computer scientists at the University of Birmingham monitored what is perhaps the largest file sharing site, The Pirates Bay, over the last three years.
The team discovered that the most popular files on the site, often illegal copies of hit TV shows or films, were monitored by, on average, three secretive parties - including copyright enforcement agencies, security companies and even government research labs.
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The monitors are believed to be logging the IP address of the user - potentially identifying where the file is downloaded to.