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#1 May 19, 2014
Hackers who paid $40 for a sinister software program called Blackshades stole sexually explicit photographs from personal computers, trained victims’ webcams on them using a remote access tool, and even sent threats to victims who tried to block the online intrusions, prosecutors said Monday.
So far, more than 90 people have been arrested.
U.S. attorney Preet Bharara warned anyone who bought the software to come forward.“At a minimum, they should stop doing what they're doing,” he said
#2 May 20, 2014
The U.S. Justice Department today announced a series of actions against more than 100 people accused of purchasing and using “Blackshades,” a password-stealing Trojan horse program designed to infect computers throughout the world to spy on victims through their web cameras, steal files and account information, and log victims’ key strokes.
From the Justice Department’s press release today:
“After purchasing a copy of the RAT, a user had to install the RAT on a victim’s computer – i.e.,“infect” a victim’s computer. The infection of a victim’s computer could be accomplished in several ways, including by tricking victims into clicking on malicious links or by hiring others to install the RAT on victims’ computers.
#3 May 20, 2014
The product was sold via well-traveled and fairly open hacker forums, and even included an active user forum where customers could get help configuring and wielding the powerful surveillance tool.
In short, Blackshades was a tool created and marketed principally for buyers who wouldn’t know how to hack their way out of a paper bag.
#4 Jun 7, 2014
Alex Yucel, 24, owned and operated an organization called BlackShades, which sold software that allowed hackers to control other people's computers remotely, recording keystrokes, stealing passwords and gaining access to personal files, according to federal authorities.
Yucel was arrested in November, as part of a global crackdown on the malicious software. He was extradited to the United States by authorities in Moldova.
During Thursday's hearing in Manhattan federal court, Yucel, wearing blue, wrinkled jail scrubs and appearing disheveled, told U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel that he pleaded not guilty to charges that included conspiring to commit access device fraud and access to device fraud.
Prosecutor Sarah Lai told Castel the evidence against Yucel was voluminous, including several laptop computers, tablets, e-mail accounts and BlackShades subscriber records.
Yucel faces 15 years in prison if convicted.
#5 Jul 3, 2014
The possible indicators of an infection by Blackshades or any other RAT according to the FBI can vary widely, but some of them include:
• Webcam indicator lights that randomly turn on when you aren’t using the webcam
• Mouse cursors that move erratically by themselves
• A display that suddenly goes dark by itself while you are using it
• Text-based chat windows that appear unexpectedly
• Inaccessible computer files that ask for an encryption key
If you’re comfortable under the hood, another step is to examine the Windows Registry for an unusual entry that contains a random string of letters and numbers that include the subkey of ‘SrvID’.
If your computer is running slow, takes forever to start up or seems really sluggish when you try to begin surfing the web, these are all indications that things are not as they should be.
Slow or unusual performance is not a certain indication of infection, but is always an indication that something is not right, so don’t ignore these symptoms.
Since: Feb 14
#6 Jul 3, 2014
Kiddie scripting at its worst... Or best.
#7 Jul 28, 2014
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#9 Jul 29, 2014
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