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How a Legal Software Worth $40 Compromised Facebook and the Internet

In the last few days, the FBI arrested more than 100 people linked to the malicious "Remote Administration Tool." T...

How a Legal Software Worth $40 Compromised Facebook and the Internet

In the last few days, the FBI arrested more than 100 people linked to the malicious "Remote Administration Tool." This software, called Blackshades but also known as RAT or backdoor, compromised Facebook accounts and allowed the attackers to take over the account and computer of the victim, which in the process also infected other computers.

 

Blackshades can be bought for around $40 to $100. The software in particular allows attackers to remotely seize control of another person’s computer, for example turning on the webcam, stealing passwords and personal information, and launching further attacks on other computers.

According to the Guardian, the interesting part is that the software itself is not illegal, but installing it on a computer without the knowledge of the user is against

the law in most countries.

 

 

According to Time Magazine dozens of countries participated in the raids in which almost all law enforcement agencies in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America where also involved.

 

The hackers took control of the victims’ computers, stealing their personal information and passwords. They then launched other attacks from the hijacked computer and took control of webcams to spy on victims.

 

On the other hand, hackers in Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia were all over the forums, online chat-rooms, and other websites informing each other that their homes were being raided and their computers seized.

 

According to the UK's National Crime Agency, 17 of the arrested hackers were based in the United Kingdom.

 

On the other side of the globe, a Canadian told thehackernews.com how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided his home.

“My son bought Blackshades and they had a warrant and searched the entire house,” the Canadian told thehackernews.com website.


 

Alex Yucel from Sweden, and Michael Hogue from Maricopa, Arizona, will be charged on account that they created the software and sold it to at least 6,000 customers, generating more than $350,000 between September 2010 and April 2014.

 

"We now live in a world where, for just $40, a cybercriminal halfway across the globe can - with just a click of a mouse - unleash a rat that can spread a computer plague not only on someone's property, but also on their privacy and most personal spaces," said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, at a news conference Monday. The Wall Street Journal noted that the office in Manhattan is prosecuting the case.

 

There was another FBI surge in 2012, which resulted in the arrest of more than 20 people involved with Blackshades, including Michael Hogue, the alleged lead coder who is known online as xVisceral. As The Guardian states, even after the arrests, Symantec reported a rise in infections in the second half of 2013.

 

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