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Cybercrime: Creators, users of sinister Blackshades malware arrested


David H. Lipman

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Cybercrime: Creators, users of sinister Blackshades malware arrested
 



Federal prosecutors announced charges Monday against creators and users of a sinister software program called Blackshades, whose flagship feature, RAT, enabled hackers to watch victims in their own homes using their infected computers' webcams.
 
At a news conference, FBI agents and the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said they had arrested one of Blackshades' alleged creators, Alex Yucel, in Moldova. Yucel is awaiting extradition to the United States. Also arrested was Brendan Johnston of Thousand Oaks, who, according to court documents, sold Blackshades to others and provided technical support to customers between August 2011 and September 2012.
According to the FBI, Blackshades had sales of more than $350,000 between September 2010 and April 2014. Buyers came from more than 100 countries and infected more than a half-million computers.


 

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yep ...

on the rare occasion that i actually listen to the "news" on the radio , i heard about this yesterday .

hmmm ... there is a lot of water between the states and moldova , i wonder how strong of a swimmer alex is ?

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