New Delhi, alerted to the spread of illegal software licenses, movies, games, and porn material by users on Google Drive, the company said on Wednesday that it takes such concerns very seriously and takes effective action to identify content that violates its policies.
According to the study, Internet pirates are free to store and distribute illegal software licenses, movies, games, and porn content, most of which are reportedly indexed in Google Search. Some Drive users have made such links public in their accounts.
A Google spokesperson told IANS that "Drive has clear policies that prohibit the distribution of content that contains malware, copyrighted and sexually-explicit material"
"We take these issues very seriously. When content violates our Abuse Programme Policies, we take appropriate action," the spokesperson said.
According to independent cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia, thousands of explicit and illegal content is being distributed via Google Drive in zipped compressed files.
"Apart from thousands of porn videos, at least 25,000-30,000 links are likely sharing illegal content like malware, software, movies, games, and whatnot. One can search such links in Google Drive at ease. Just do a search and download at will," Rajaharia said while sharing some such screenshots.
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service that allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files.
Users of Google Drive must be aware of their behavior. "We should not make pirated movies and other content public on Google Drive, as this would contribute to search indexing. They must keep their content private or share links with people they know and trust," Rajaharia emphasized."