unrequested torrent is downloading

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jamaroney
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unrequested torrent is downloading

Post by jamaroney » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:13 pm

I don't know if this is the proper place for this question, but an Internet search has proved fruitless, so here goes:

My FreeBSD-based XigmaNAS (formerly FreeNAS) server runs Transmission 2.94.

Over the last two weeks, a mysterious unrequested torrent has downloaded onto my server on two separate occasions, always starting late at night and completing by early morning before I awake. It's an 11.5GB file entitled "Z2019-03-17_07-08-03.mp4". It's a video (almost 4 hours long) of someone playing a video game!

How can an unrequested torrent be directed to download on my server? The server always runs on a VPN. I randomly changed Transmission's incoming port number after the first download incident (the previous port number was chosen randomly as well), but to no avail.

Are there are any other settings changes I can make to prevent this from happening again?

fandicat1900
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Re: unrequested torrent is downloading

Post by fandicat1900 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:21 am

Hi Jamaroney,

Is your Transmission protected with username/password? I suspect not..

It doesn't matter if your server is on a VPN, if it's facing the internet with an open port then anyone can find it with a port scanner etc. I believe that you have mistakenly changed your 'incoming' port number, when you should change the port number that Transmission runs on (default 9091). Anyway, security through obscurity isn't a good idea, so you should probably change the port number, and secure your Transmission with username and password aswell.

All the best

jamaroney
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Re: unrequested torrent is downloading

Post by jamaroney » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:08 am

Thanks for the suggestions.

I changed the port number. I then added a username and password, but after doing so, Transmission wouldn't allow me access to the WebGUI. After several frustrating attempts, I gave up. Hopefully, the port change will be sufficient.

hpapagaj
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Re: unrequested torrent is downloading

Post by hpapagaj » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:16 pm

Same situation here. My server is available only from VPN (no open ports!) and my Transmission is secured with username and hard password.

Do you use any automatic torrent fetch software? Like flexget, showrss.info?

Drew7
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Re: unrequested torrent is downloading

Post by Drew7 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:36 am

Add me to the people facing same problem.I dont think anyone would be using automatic fetch software...Do anyone?..And can someone pls solution here if it exists

BillShiphr
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Re: unrequested torrent is downloading

Post by BillShiphr » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:49 pm

Maybe it is a kind of a virus, attached to this video file. You should be careful about this.

GooseWashington
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Re: unrequested torrent is downloading

Post by GooseWashington » Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:42 pm

Hello! I think that it could be an automatic download. Once I downloaded a game and a video that I don't want to download.
It was a video about the casino. So, since then I'm a player, haha. It is really so interesting. It was a kind of advertisement, I think. If you are a player too, check mr green hacks. It could be pretty useful.

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