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Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

5 Things you need to know

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing on your government computer is prohibited, bad for the network, and jeopardizes the mission.

1. P2P networks directly link computers to one another thus allowing users to share digital movies, music, and other files. Examples include: Shareaze, BitTorrent, Ares, and BearShare, among others.

2. P2P file sharing on government computers is prohibited, bad for the network, and jeopardizes the mission. Both Department of Defense and Navy policy prohibit the use of P2P software applications on government computers.

3. The use of P2P applications opens a door into our networks for malevolent cyber actors and malware that may potentially disrupt our ability to safely operate our platforms and accomplish our mission.

4. Every time we log in to a government computer we see the "U.S. Dept. of Defense Warning Statement." You are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and violating policy and regulations will result in NJP or worse.

5. Should you be tempted to use P2P on government computers, remember: not only is it prohibited, but it threatens your shipmates, your unit's mission, the Nation's warfighting capability, and possibly your career - is it really worth all this?