An interesting article, and unusually full of common sense http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=837
For years, various copyright entities have attempted to dissuade the usage of P2P and file-sharing technologies by various means. One method most particularly utilized was to spread the myth that file-sharing or P2P networks are infested with viruses, Trojans, undesirable forms of pornography and other vermin such as spyware.
While there are some risks involved with P2P and file-sharing, they largely appear to be blown out of proportion. Pro-P2P advocates stated that engaging in file-sharing poses the same risks as other forms of Internet technologies, while anti-P2P advocates suggested the contrary. However, the FTC stated in their press release there is no evidence to suggest that P2P or file-sharing poses a greater risk than other forms of Internet surfing.
This is something that was often used to scare the ignorant and I,m glad a reputable body has decided to make the situation clear.
My opinion is even this, most p2p users are made welll aware by their fellow users that there may be a small risk and take precautions, by installing suggested prevention tools, so in fact compared to the average non p2p user we are more than able to aviod any infection, and have a bigger team of folks to help fix any problems if things do go wrong.
Get a pdf version of the report here for further detailed readinghttp://www.ftc.gov/reports/p2p05/050623p2prpt.pdf