Leech or Leecher is an Internet slang term for someone who deliberately benefits from other's information without offering anything in return. The name derives from the leech, a blood sucking animal that acts as a parasite.
Examples of a leech.
- Wireless Internet Leeches - Wi-Fi leeches search out and find open wireless network access points and access them without the owner's knowledge or permission in order to access the Internet for free. Examples of this are neighbors who will intentionally attach to their neighbors wireless network and receive their Internet access through them. This sort of leeching has been the topic of several legal debates lately.
- Direct Linking - Direct Linking is a form of bandwidth leeching in which the leech places an unauthorized linked objects, often images, from one web page onto another.
- P2P Leeching - Often found in the BitTorrent community, a P2P leech will download the data offered, and not share their upload with the rest of the community to benefit the entire swarm.
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