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Peer to Peer File Sharing Poses Security Risk

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Peer-to-peer file sharing site like Kazaa and Limewire may leave you at risk to identity theft.

When you jump on one of those file sharing sites you're opening up more than just your music library, you're actually opening up your computer to the whole world of potential hackers.

That means social security numbers, credit card numbers, anything like that that may be stored on your computer, hackers can get ahold of it and from there it's easy to steal your identity.

"You know, maybe you don't have your credit card number stored, but they can get it while you're typing it into a secure website that sort of thing, so once they've gotten access to your computer, if they know what they're doing, they can, they can get a lot more than only the things that you save," said networking expert Aaron McCall.

A Seattle man recently became the first person arrested for this.

Federal prosecutors say he broke into people's computers using peer-to-peer networking and used information to buy $73,000 worth of goods online.