Skip to comments.Dozens of Arrests in 'Blackshades' Hacking Around the World
Posted on 05/19/2014 7:16:13 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The FBI and law enforcement officials in more than a dozen countries have made scores of arrests in cases involving Blackshades, malicious software that allows users to surreptitiously peep into the computers and web cameras of others.
In what the FBI said was the largest global cyber operation to date, raids were carried out in 18 countries at the homes of people suspected of buying the malware, which was available for a $40 download. The targets for law enforcement included the creators and administrators of Blackshades.
The software was used last year against Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf in what became known as a cyber sextortion case. Wolf, then 19 years old, told reporters last August she had received an anonymous email in which the sender claimed to have nude photos of her, captured from her webcam, and threatened to post the photos online unless Wolf gave him more nude pictures or videos.
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“Blackshades made taking over a computer so easy, even a caveman could do it,” said Leo Taddeo, chief of the cybercrimes unit of the FBI office in New York.
“Blackshades.” Another term I’ve never heard of that makes me feel old and not hip. Not that I was ever hip.
You and me both.
If I had a webcam I’d feel sorry for anyone downloading pics of me in my underwear.
Well if you have a laptop built in last ten years, you probably have a webcam eye, that can be hacked to watch you work...I keep tape over mine so all they see is a black hole.
Moody's just put in a Buy recommendation for Duct Tape manufacturers ...
I’m ok with shooting computer hackers.
Moody’s? The credit rating people?
Me too, but I am wondering if they are being allowed to arrest people in other countries, with help from the host countries? They sure are not getting any cooperation from China on hacking.
And isn’t that because many of the hackers are from China?
I am sure that is true. We never seem to hear about us hacking them, except for the NSA, but I am talking about real hacking, not just listening to everyone's phone calls.
>> And isnt that because many of the hackers are from China?
Probably most of the criminal hackers - those after money, not military/political/diplomatic data, are in Russia and other ex-USSR countries.
Disabled my camera. deleted it and the the software.
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