FBI takes down Blackshades malware cyber-ring, infected over 0.5M computers
Last week, the FBI announced the arrests of the two main developers of Blackshades, a malware that has infected over half a million computers in more than 100 countries. Over 90 arrests have been made in relation to the case, and more than 300 searches have been conducted worldwide to find further suspects.
Blackshades is a malware that enables hackers to control computers in every essence. After purchasing Blackshades Remote Access Tool (RAT) for $40, criminals could steal passwords and banking credentials, hack into social media accounts, access documents, photos and other computer files and record keystrokes. It allows the hackers to activate webcams, of which Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf has been a victim. A hacker is holding nude photos for ransom, which he captured through her webcam.
RAT also allows hackers to hold computers for ransom and use them for further attacks. The developers have been selling access to Blackshades RAT online to other cyber criminals, allowing them to customize RAT to their needs.
The Blackshades malware is extremely widespread. It is worth double-checking your computers, at work and at home, to make sure you are protected. The FBI has posted the steps to detect if the malware is on your computer.
For more information on Blackshades, read Malwarebytes’ breakdown (http://blog.malwarebytes.org/intelligence/2012/06/you-dirty-rat-part-2-blackshades-net/).