Monday, May 19, 2014

Blackshades arrests

An international sting in process for several years resulted in the  arrest of about 100 people in several countries connected to Blackshades a malicious software used favored by hackers for criminal activities such as fraud and extortion. The software costs $40. To read more about it click here http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/19/justice/us-global-hacker-crackdown/index.html

Additional info tells us that  more than 90 people were arrested and that once the arrests began those involved notified others a sting was happening. In the case of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf  left her computer open all the time in her room and was watched for over a year by the man arrested, who was a friend of hers. He began blackmailing her through the computer to do what amounted to porn for him. Read more about it here http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/19/justice/us-global-hacker-crackdown/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Here's an update "from inside the FBI" that says people were nabbed in 17 countries.  http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/19/technology/security/cyber-crime-bust-blackshades/index.html

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