aXXo Torrents Exploited by Malware Peddlers

Written by enigmax on April 28, 2007

When someone becomes a success by earning the admiration of their peers, there will always be the ‘hangers on’ who want to share the spoils of success. For aXXo, the most popular DVD ripper on BitTorrent, it’s about people using his name to further their own, sinister aim: to install malware on as many file-sharers machines as possible.

axxo logo
With an estimated one million people downloading aXXo rips every month, aXXo is very popular with BitTorrent fans all over the world. But as is so often the case, fame comes at a price and it’s almost inevitable that people will jump onto the back of other’s success and use it for their own aims.

Back in January, the MPAA were caught uploading fake torrents labeled up as proper aXXo releases with the goal to collect IP-addresses.

The last few months we have seen a new player enter the ‘give aXXo a bad name’ market, and pirates who have experienced the scenario detailed below will be only too aware of how unpleasant it is;

1. Download a .torrent file you think is a proper one from aXXo
2. Discover the movie is in not in the correct .avi format but a .rar archive
3. .rar file is passworded and the password can be found by installing software called BitGrabber.
4. Installing the software does not provide a password but instead installs malware.

According to an administrator on the BitComet forums, BitGrabber is the same software as BitRoll, which we reported on back in 2006. Instances of the swizzor aka lop malware can come from installing BitGrabber. Anyone whose PC is infected should follow these removal instructions.

Genuine aXXo releases are tracked by a well known tracker, and generally look like this;

1. Most aXXo releases are just under 700mb but no more than 900mb
2. All releases are labeled with these conventions:
name of movie[year]DvDrip[Eng]-aXXo.avi
name of movie[year]DvDrip.AC3[Eng]-aXXo.avi
3. The release will include two other files;
IMPORTANT.Read carefully before you enjoy this movie.txt
movienamehere-aXXo.nfo

Confirmed aXXo torrents can be found here and here, and it’s always helpful to read the user comments on the site where you downloaded the .torrent. Please be aware that most aXXo torrents are copyrighted, downloading these files is not allowed in some countries.

Maybe the_dwarfer could update the aXXo Prayer to include lines about fakes and malware.

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63 Responses (Add yours or TrackBack)

1 Apr 28, 2007 at 16:32 by CompassQuote Compass

Perhaps aXXo could use GnuPG or any other PGP application so downloaders could verify the authenticity?

Of course this process is rather complex for the newbie, but it could prove handy in avoiding these fake torrents.

Compass.

2 Apr 28, 2007 at 16:43 by SkinsQuote Skins

Im surprised this guy(s?) hasnt been added to the FBI top 10.
How has he maintained his anonymity this whole time?

As for the fakes / malware. youve got to be real stupid to connet to a fake aXXo torrent;
Everyone downloading ripped’ movies should know the 3 files that come with the torrent.
And downloading a RAR torrent is plain stupid, especially for movies.

However people will never learn! :)

3 Apr 28, 2007 at 20:35 by dArkQuote dArk

My friend downloaded fake aXXo rip and was really pissed off, but fortunately he didn’t install this crap, that came with it.

4 Apr 28, 2007 at 22:01 by cos179Quote cos179

i love axxo and his torrents. he is great for the torrent community. always, good luck axxo.

5 Apr 28, 2007 at 22:49 by YattiQuote Yatti

Another reason for PeerGuardian2… Im pretty sure it can deal with these programs etc..

6 Apr 28, 2007 at 22:53 by FAKEFINDERQuote FAKEFINDER

#1 Compass

what do you need a key for?
if the torrentfile isn’t uploaded by the user axxo http://thepiratebay.org/user/axxo/ then it is simply to be treated as a fake and should not be downloaded.
Simple that is!
Even MS in their 10 laws of security acknowledge that you should not eat sandwitches from unknown sandwitch makers.
The BT specs make it safe that once you can be sure that he is the creator of the torrentfile you are about to load in your client, that you get what you expect.

7 Apr 29, 2007 at 00:33 by Chris GaijinQuote Chris Gaijin

Yatti:

PeerGuardian 2 will only block black-listed IPs, it doesn’t filter the files you chose to download. If you download a fake aXXo torrent PG2 will do nothing to stop it.

8 Apr 29, 2007 at 00:43 by spankbotQuote spankbot

This is why I always use either my Mac or my Ubuntu server to download/unpack/check my torrents.

9 Apr 29, 2007 at 01:08 by tranquill3xQuote tranquill3x

I have to agree that its the client which is the problem, not the nerds messing the scene up with malware.
Why the hell download a rar file, install some weird-assed programs and visit a shabby german pr0nsite for some pass if youre after a movie in the first place… Thats just plain stupid, and people SHOULD realise that.

10 Apr 29, 2007 at 01:15 by rabidSquirrelQuote rabidSquirrel

i’m with spankbot. ubuntu/osx is the only way.
this is but a SYMPTOM of the REAL problem which is windows. seriously, the title of this story could and should be “windows exploited by malware peddlers”. why stick with an os that attracts flies and other bugs? sure, if you want to have other apps running in the background 24/7 eating resources and constantly giving the registry an enema, go for it. i did. for years. i have need of nothing from redmond. nada. with ubuntu and osx my machines run at full strength, rarely need reboots (only once every 2 weeks or so if that) and are as fresh today as they were they were “born”.
just my .02

11 Apr 29, 2007 at 03:09 by Data_BangerQuote Data_Banger

If you’re dumb enough to install a suspicious program, you deserve the malware.

12 Apr 29, 2007 at 03:27 by SantaBJQuote SantaBJ

This has little or nothing to do with Windows’ problems. Bad people will always find ways of doing bad things to good people. That’s just how it works.

However, I must say I am astonished that people are *still* being fooled by the fakes. I mean, c’mon. Spotting them isn’t exactly rocket science. We get people in #EZTV *daily* who have downloaded fakes, and that just cracks me up - they manage to get on IRC *and* find our channel, but they do NOT manage to *use our site* to avoid any and all danger of getting a fake release? Seriously…never underestimate the general stupidity of the average internet user.

13 Apr 29, 2007 at 03:27 by Billy FateQuote Billy Fate

Windows is certainly not the problem.

Here are the problems:
1) Karma
2) The Source (see 1 to feel better)
3) knowledge-lacking Users

To whoever said they use OSX or Ubuntu, my deepest, most sincere apologies that you’re using a playskool OS or server OS, respectively.

And since I’m running 29 processes, over a dozen applications, and I multi-task relentlessly, I’m going to want to use an OS (Windows) that’s actually OTPIMIZED/DESIGNED for more than just single-tasking.

14 Apr 29, 2007 at 03:57 by $hadowQuote $hadow

I dont like the sentence claiming the fake axxo site, people dont know the story, dont talk about it then.

15 Apr 29, 2007 at 09:22 by fairlightQuote fairlight

there is nothing wrong with rar’s.
everything i download is rarred and follows the strict scene rules..

and after 20 years i still haven’t come across a single virus.

stupid people tho’ i come across alot.

16 Apr 29, 2007 at 10:29 by SpireaXQuote SpireaX

re: “there is nothing wrong with rar’s”

torrent files have a checksum system in them - they dont need to be rarred! its a waste of time and energy.

also what do you do with ur rar when you extracted it? yes most people delete the rar file to save themselves harddrive space. and you cant upload a deleted rar file

17 Apr 29, 2007 at 11:26 by iggywigQuote iggywig

Billy -

You fool. Ubuntu and OSX (BSD) are both based on Unix which has been optimised for multi-tasking longer than MS have even been writing operating systems! Why do you think Linux is so strong in the server market? Research your facts before spouting off mate.

18 Apr 29, 2007 at 15:17 by AlCapwnQuote AlCapwn

http://83.149.99.14/forums/index.php
Check the axxo section (registration need :/), he posts his torrents himself, with all the info.

19 Apr 29, 2007 at 15:48 by TCQuote TC

I take it you don’t realize, that on a default install of IE6 and Windows XP, your site displays *black text* on a *black background*?

20 Apr 29, 2007 at 16:00 by AeroFlutterCityQuote AeroFlutterCity

aXXo is working for the FBI. Its a ploy to collect IPs and infiltrate trackers in order to take down the whole system in one giant swoop.

21 Apr 29, 2007 at 20:45 by smartassQuote smartass

It’s true you must only download from trusted sources. I only download Axxo rips from demonoid, and no where else.

22 Apr 29, 2007 at 23:57 by KevinQuote Kevin

“software called BitGrabber. Installing the software does not provide a password but instead installs malware.”

If anyone else did this they’d go to jail. Amazing what the MPAA can get away with. Which Congressmen do they contribute to? Name and shame.

23 Apr 30, 2007 at 15:50 by ZZazzzzzzzzzzyQuote ZZazzzzzzzzzzy

iggywig: so true. and windows wasn’t even a real multitasking OS for a long time, slow as hell i tell you.

if anyone still remember the old times, every windows OS ran upon DOS which is so fucking not multitasking something can be until NT came along. but it was first when XP was released that the mainstream computer user owned a true multitasking OS! unix and linux on the other hand have always been a so called multitasking OS, and they are still better at it, yes for real.

still, i am using xp because im more productive with it, i have been using it for so many years now that i know it like my own pocket, something i need to because i act as support for it.

24 May 03, 2007 at 13:53 by KK13Quote KK13

ZZazzzzzzzzzzy: and where did NT come from — VAX VMS. B Gates had to hire from DEC to develop a proper OS!

25 May 07, 2007 at 22:51 by MattQuote Matt

Cant read your page man, try not using the same color font as background yo!…..

26 May 14, 2007 at 02:44 by VernQuote Vern

Yo check it out… you can get an aXXo t-shirt here:

http://www.luckythreadz.com

Thanks aXXo!!!

27 May 17, 2007 at 00:22 by editsQuote edits

sometimes , slightly less experienced users than all of you fall prey to this kind of shit, but it only happens once.
a lot of scene releases are .rar but i agree that it seems like a waste of time. Thats how i got done. RAR file unrared wanted WINZIX to unZIX? installed it (ignoring my gut feeling, mistake no 1)and got hit hard. EBAY and PAYPAL accounts were opened in new browser windows along with the winzix homepage and other shitty ads. A bit of investigation told me what they had done. As for aXXo, his shit is quality. But if you want earlier releases, you gotta find public scene ones. I think he works at a video store. So saying dont DL a rar torrent is pointless, unless youre specifically looking for aXXo ones. Then as stated, only .avi files with txt and nfo are legit.

28 May 17, 2007 at 00:25 by editsQuote edits

its just hard to delete a file youve DLd all day when its soooo close, and you really want to see it. Temptation is the devils playground!

29 May 22, 2007 at 08:28 by henzQuote henz

Now, even some .avi files with txt and nfo which pretend to be from axxo are fakes. Use this site, http://www.axxo.jeeran.com for real and complete list of axxo torrents.

30 May 26, 2007 at 23:38 by Mac-AllanQuote Mac-Allan

$hadow wrote:

I dont like the sentence claiming the fake axxo site, people dont know the story, dont talk about it then.

Yepp…and penguins can fly…….yyaaawn

31 May 26, 2007 at 23:42 by Mac-AllanQuote Mac-Allan

Billy Fate wrote:

Windows is certainly not the problem.

Here are the problems:
1) Karma
2) The Source (see 1 to feel better)
3) knowledge-lacking Users

To whoever said they use OSX or Ubuntu, my deepest, most sincere apologies that you’re using a playskool OS or server OS, respectively.

And since I’m running 29 processes, over a dozen applications, and I multi-task relentlessly, I’m going to want to use an OS (Windows) that’s actually OTPIMIZED/DESIGNED for more than just single-tasking.

Yepp…and penguins can fly…….yyaaawn

32 Jun 24, 2007 at 14:41 by Justin LQuote Justin L

Some facts:

Windows defines a focused task based on the GUI and gives it multitasking priority, so in that somewhat useless sense, Windows is “optimized” for multitasking.

The somewhat ugly history of Windows 3.1/9x really has nothing to do with current Windows. If you select your OS based on any kind of spin or company esteem, rather than facts about the actual OS as available, you’re an idiot.

If you need to use an OS like Linux or OSX that is unable to run .exe files (wine/etc.. aside) because you can’t stop yourself from running them if you use Windows and therefore have a choice, you’re either an idiot, or you need help.

Unix isn’t a single OS, and almost every platform on earth incorporates some unixisms, including Windows. A given kernel isn’t inherently better with multitasking because it clones some aspects of unix. For example, OSX uses a microkernel that runs every module like its own program and constantly task switches to perform simple operations, and as kernels go it’s one of the worst performers. Linux on the other hand is an excellent multitasking kernel, with very well thought out scheduling. Windows does things in a similar way to Linux, but its scheduler probably isn’t as sophisticated.

33 Aug 02, 2007 at 19:31 by RevelationXIIIQuote RevelationXIII

Wouldn’t it be kool if aXXo turned out to be some really hot chic wearing shades and shiny leather that kicked agents butts?

34 Aug 18, 2007 at 09:47 by kbqQuote kbq

F**king aXXo wasted 6 hours of my life making me download a passworded file. If i ever see anything that says aXXo in its name i will avoid it like a plague.

35 Sep 16, 2007 at 21:54 by Visitor907Quote Visitor907

I have visited your site 477-times

36 Sep 16, 2007 at 21:55 by Visitor300Quote Visitor300

I could not find this site in the Search Engines index

37 Oct 07, 2007 at 17:16 by permaQuote perma

you guys are funny , and axxo rocks…

38 Oct 13, 2007 at 13:19 by PaulQuote Paul

Re-Confirmed axxo Torrents

Just thought you’d like to know that confirmed axxo torrents can also be found here http://axxo.superfundo.org/

By the way,anyone know whats happened to axxo these days.Last release was on the 3rd October

39 Oct 13, 2007 at 13:34 by PaulQuote Paul

kbq wrote:

F**king aXXo wasted 6 hours of my life making me download a passworded file. If i ever see anything that says aXXo in its name i will avoid it like a plague.

Well kbq what you need to learn is how to pick a genuine axxo torrent.True axxo releases are about the best you’ll find.You’ll find some site examples on this board.
Here’s a tip try viewing while downloading saves u wasting time.Hard to believe it took you 6 hours to D/L a movie,man that was slow.

40 Oct 21, 2007 at 17:01 by lostQuote lost

http://www.mininova.org/user/aXXo

Learn to spot the real deal from the fakes.

Not everybody on this planet has an uncapped high speed connection, 700MB is to cater for the widest possible amount of peers, the more peers the faster you are going to get the data.
If you are that worried about the quality buy the movie and rip it yourself. If you can afford the hd screen why not buy the movie. Most likely cause it is your parents equipment and you just want to whine about something you are getting for nothing. Get a job

41 Oct 28, 2007 at 03:08 by AnonymousQuote

There are so many torrent sites with his name ‘aXXo’ as the account name, but are ALL of them his? It just makes me wonder a little bit, not doubt.

42 Nov 01, 2007 at 21:52 by KQuote K

aXXo is not a person :)

43 Nov 03, 2007 at 05:47 by ChrisQuote Chris

Paul is correct.

http://axxo.superfundo.org/

is the best place for TRUSTED Axxo Rips.

44 Nov 07, 2007 at 20:27 by AnonymousQuote

I’m told Superfundo is FAKE. Run by the MPAA to catch bootleggers.

45 Nov 08, 2007 at 02:22 by GuestQuote Guest

Actually, there is a slight mistake in the naming convention. It should be:
name of movie[year]DvDrip[language]-aXXo.avi
name of movie[year]DvDrip.AC3[language]-aXXo.avi

46 Nov 08, 2007 at 02:41 by GuestQuote Guest

Forgot to mention, not all movies are english ([Eng]), some of them are subbed and have a different name in them i.e. [Eng.Hard.Sub] (or something like that).

47 Nov 11, 2007 at 13:14 by gEoFFreYQuote gEoFFreY

I’ve checked http://www.mininova.org/user/aXXo
and i found some with size of 800-900 MB is it fake?

48 Nov 27, 2007 at 12:54 by ZONEQuote ZONE

16 days since an axxo release. What has happened to him or her????

I Tried asking this question in the Mininova Forum but got shot down by a Mod for asking.

49 Nov 30, 2007 at 15:54 by guestQuote guest

axxo rips on superfundo.org not genuin.

50 Dec 02, 2007 at 10:57 by fartarseQuote fartarse

i got a lovely bunch of coconuts

51 Dec 04, 2007 at 18:38 by stvowrqa apxbQuote stvowrqa apxb

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52 Dec 07, 2007 at 13:37 by still none the wiserQuote still none the wiser

ive just sat here and read through all of ur comments but am still unsure where to go for genuin aXXo files ive visited superfundo and mininova and a few other sites and have downloaded many aXXo files that work fine but on the other hand i have had many FAKE aXXo files and to be quite honest it pisses me off greatly as when downloading it can take many hours for a file to completely download i tryed utorrent to download but find it proper slow so im using bittornado however this is slow aswell can anybody tell me a programe i can use to download and connect to more peers so that i can get the downloads faster and also where i might be able to download genuin aXXo files many thanx D_Lock77
p.s. aXXo your the nut mate who ever u r keep up the good work fantastic

53 Dec 09, 2007 at 20:21 by Happily grinning LongtoothQuote Happily grinning Longtooth

axxo.. i praise highly your quality of work.. i find it is reassuringly superb.. as i am aware of and had been a victim of the scam with your name involved.. i understand all to well the other’s sentiments. however thanks to axxo’s tip about their rips i now feel i can look for more of his fine work a little more freely. Don’t blame the ripper guys… it’s not their fault for maliciousness of others.
and axxo? you do some of the finest work i have seen on the net yet. keep it up XD

54 Dec 11, 2007 at 07:15 by GuessQuote Guess

Hi all, i was woundering if aXXo player is safe to download?

55 Dec 11, 2007 at 15:47 by Ripper1972Quote Ripper1972

Lots of spikes popping up about aXXo being arrested or just taking a break. Anyone heard different or something new?

56 Dec 12, 2007 at 10:48 by NANCYQuote NANCY

FUNNY CLEVER aXXo SHIRTS BOYS AND GIRLS AVAILABLE NOW CHECK EM OUT, I DID
http://stores.ebay.com.au/SANDOOZY-EMPORIUM_aXXo-CLOTHING_W0QQfsubZ17154017

57 Dec 13, 2007 at 00:07 by Skanky Bo**ocks!Quote Skanky Bo**ocks!

best bet to catch latest aXXo releases is http://www.isohunt.com x

58 Dec 17, 2007 at 00:38 by Wrinkly ScrotumsQuote Wrinkly Scrotums

FUCKING NERDS…..GET A JOB AND BUY THE FUCKING DVD>>>>>>>

59 Dec 21, 2007 at 15:32 by darrenQuote darren

can any body tell me any other way of downloading movies ive tryed utorrent and bittornado but they are so slow it can some times take days to download the movies and to be quite honest its so frustrating and i offten cancel the download i offten use sites like http://www.mininova.org/user/aXXo http://www.isohunt.com and http://axxo.superfundo.org/ i find these sites are top for aXXo files and most of the movies i download from these sites are near perfect i just wish i could get them faster ive read here that you can view as you download but im a novice so dont know how to do this or what to use to do this please can any body help thanx alot and happy christmas to one and all

60 Dec 30, 2007 at 06:25 by wonderingQuote wondering

went axxo ‘disapeared’ my world crumbled. all these conspiracy theories are going around but what really happened? what if axxo was that latina lady that was arrested last month?? or that chubby white guy who was arrested recently?? how do me know axxo is a guy? or what if axxo is a network? axxo.. come back!!!

61 Dec 31, 2007 at 04:51 by ryanQuote ryan

i have some axxo torrents, but im not sure if they are real. i got them from superfundo.org

they have this format name name.of.movie[year]DvDrip[Eng]-aXXo.avi

but these two files are not included:
IMPORTANT.Read carefully before you enjoy this movie.txt
movienamehere-aXXo.nfo

any thoughts?

62 Dec 31, 2007 at 13:41 by the truth shall set u freeQuote the truth shall set u free

here it is folks. only the few , the proud, the need to know,

know who or what aXXo is.

period. as for his files. and people getting suckered by fakes.

if you dont know what the fuck you are doing dont fucking dl shit from the net. be a good proper citizen and buy yer shit proper like.

if you have the concept down but are unsure read the comments for the individual files. of there are several posts that say ita a fake in the first 3 pages then its prolly a fake.

take the time to read a lot of comments from a lot of other rippers before you ever attempt to dl anything. goggle P2P, search for a tutorial on how to set up your particular torrent client.

research research research, you wouldnt just go out and pull a bank heist or a jewelery store robbery, would you? Hell no yould research and plan, whats the diff with P2P? none.

use your brains people and find out how to do what you do in the best manner possible before you take the plunge.

btw peer guardian2 is a needed application use it EVERY time you attempt to DL torrents.

you wouldnt want a nasty letter stating youre gonna be cut off of the internet would you?

lol and to the Scene folks who say aXXo is a thief?!?!? wtf do you call what you are doing? stupid fuk tard emo phags the lot of ya.

this is about P2p sharing not your little IRC sites and private share rooms. i applaud the risk aXXo takes.
and i will always deride insult and otherwise make fun of any Scene boy who thinks that we want Scene shit on our PC’s.

Heres a rumor you can all check on yourselves…

there has recently been a agreement between some watchdog group and some popular “scene” groups (2 were named)

the basics of said agreement were that the groups would stop file sharing immediatly adn would in turn for not being prosecuted would instead allow the “scene” site to carry the dreaded IP tracker embedded in the “scene” releases.

now thats just rumor that you heard here its up to you to track it down and prove it wrong. btw SceneBoys hate it when you file share and seed torrents, so just to piss em off even more and to make them scrinch up thier eyes and shed tears lets all do our part and seed seed seed, also i heard that there are several “scene” groups that make it a fun activity to leech popular torrents by popular Rippers thus making it harder to get the movies or files you really want.

isnt that just a bit lame to anyone else?

so its like this
theres the movie/music industry.
theres the P2P communities
and theres the “scene”

which of those 3 are you?

63 Jan 11, 2008 at 19:27 by GoogleQuote Google

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