uMap: Show Your uTorrent Peers in Google Maps | TorrentFreakuMap is a new App that allows uTorrent users to display all the peers they are connected to on Google Maps. While the App provides a good visualization of global BitTorrent swarms, it also demonstrates that anonymity is hard to find for the regular torrenter. (...) The App has several ways to display the data. File-sharers can be viewed by the BitTorrent client they use, the country they come from or the swarm they’re currently participating in.
It may be scary, but I agree with comment #7:
This is something people really shouldn’t worry about. Anonymity will always be a future option based on applications like this. That’s what fuels creativity. Aside from the fearful look. I think it’s relevant to have. Say if you need to find out where most people are particularly seeding a torrent. This may prove to be helpful perhaps someone will use umap in conjuction to find out where the mpaa/riaa people are. That would make it fair. If people are exposed so are the mpaa/riaa/etc.. would be awesome to see an icon pop up to see where mpaa/riaa are.
This would also prove that mpaa used that torrent to gain ip’s would also help in court for those who fall into the mpaa’s trap.
That being said umap no longer looks like a threat. It looks like a can of whoopass ready to be opened.