Note: The first thing I am about to describe is to alert members who are unaware; it's not something I have only just discovered. Please read on.
In addition to P2P Programs
It's not just P2P programs that consist of malicious files but there also exists a lot of file sharing websites where you can download files directly to your computer. Old news to some of you no doubt but nonetheless, these websites also consist of the same kind and same amount of malware as what the P2P programs do. I advise that you stay clear of these too. If you do want to download a file however then I suggest you upload it to a malware scanning site like Virus Total before opening.
Alert: What I have recently discovered
What I am about to describe is something that I have recently descovered and that I feel a great many Internet users could do with being aware of. So without further ado please read on.
There is currently a Kindle author on Amazon who has wrote a lot of kindle books in the advice and how to genre. He has wrote books on marketing, computer/internet forensics and anonymity. He also claims to be a Private Cyber forensics investigator and a leading Internet marketing entrepreneur. In his books what he claims to be is written in the third person. However within his kindle books, especially the marketing ones he encourages user's to download free stuff from file sharing sites. He will also give you some free stuff to download in one or more of his books. He has a website that consists of a whole library of free stuff to download which is linked with the file sharing site FileFactory. And a lot of those files are indeed infected as Virus Total and Anubis was able to confirm.
What's more I did a Google search on this author and then came across a blog with a lot of people stating that this guy is a convicted felon and currently going by a different name. According to the blog he was previously charged with money laundering, tax evasion and countless federal security violations. The blog also states that this guy is responsible for more than a dozen scams that he has since managed to execute after being released from prison.
Furthermore I originally thought this author was legitimate after reading several of his books on aspects of digital forensics and stuff which were the first ones I had ever bought from him. I had also spoken with him a few time on Skype and many times via email and he seemed like a pretty friendly guy. I also thought he was legit base on the fact that he was selling on Amazon. The other factor that made me thing he was legit was a couple of YouTube video's, one where demonstrates digital forensics stuff. However after learning about PLR (Private Label Rights) stuff and other things I learned that it is relatively easy to write and publish kindle books on Amazon even if your not qualified on the subject. Anyway it was after I had bought his later books on marketing that I discovered all of the aforementioned.
I also did a background search on both the convicted felon that the blog mentioned and the author - Both ZIP codes matched, not only the their current locations but previous ones too - this has to mean that they are the same person.
So based on all of the above I feel we can say this is evidence indicative that this person has created a fake profile for himself, a semi-skilled social engineer and most likely makes all of his money from scamming people.
Lets face it - What Digital Forensics Expert is going to encourage their readers to download stuff from file sharing sites?!! I must also admit that quite annoyingly at one point I was in denial. I thought okay, perhaps this guy was once fraudulent and has now decided to go straight but that does not seem to be the case.
So I will now conclude by saying be careful with file sharing sites and watch out for these authors. Also do not be fooled because they might display them-selves temporarily on YouTube or anything; Make sure you search for evidence that proves beyond doubt that someone is who they say they are. They could very well be a Social Engineer!