EMULE and LAN risks

Posted on 2007-09-27
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

During routine inspection of my users PC's, I found that one of them had eMule installed.

I know that there are risks associated to eMule, but how risky is this program ?? I removed the program but the user wants it installed again.

His answer was: nothing happened so far....

Thanks in advance,

Question by:ERNIE25
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    eMule is a pretty stable/safe application. It has been out for years now, and since it is an open-source project - every single bug gets fixed almost immediately.

    Anyway, back to the point. The are 2 potential threats that eMule can impose:

    1) User can allow sharing of valuable information (done manually by user).

    2) User can download malicious files onto the computer (done manually by user).

    So here you go, if you trust your users, and they do have experience in computers, then with a descent ante-virus eMule is not a threat to your computer.
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    If it's a company computer there is one more threat, legal. If user shares or downloads copyrighted work such as music,movies or books and somehow it will be traced by FBI or similar authorities to your network, make a wild gues what's going to happen. eMule by itself is a good application and if you use it wisely nothing wrong is going to happen.
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    Strange, I didn't get any points... Even though I provided 2/3 of the answer.
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    den4b, yeah, sometimes it's strange how people aword points. Some times I'm working with a user and after 10-15 answers on the problem someone pops up with a minor comment and gets all the points.

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