FBI: BlackShades Infected Half Million Computers

By: Larry Neumeister and Toby Sterling, Associated Press
By: Larry Neumeister and Toby Sterling, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI says more than a half million computers in more than 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals take over a computer and hijack its webcam.

The FBI described its investigation in criminal complaints unsealed in Manhattan federal court Monday as charges against five individuals were announced. Meanwhile, police worldwide said they had recently arrested 97 people in 16 countries suspected of using or distributing the malicious software called BlackShades.

The FBI said the BlackShades Remote Access Tool has been sold since at least 2010 to several thousand users. The agency said one of the program's co-creators is now cooperating with the government and has provided extensive information.

The malware lets hackers steal personal information, intercept keystrokes and hijack webcams to make secret recordings of users.

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