Charges were announced Monday against at least 97 people worldwide.
More than 350 properties were raided last week as part of the operation, including 15 in
Police said they had arrested people suspected of using or distributing the malicious software called BlackShades.
Gravel says police raided homes on
"We've searched the houses, we've seized computers and we're still analyzing the data," Gravel said. Gravel said he couldn't comment on whether there would be further raids in
Public Safety Minister
The malware lets hackers steal personal information, intercept keystrokes and hijack webcams to make secret recordings of users. BlackShades also can be used to encrypt and lock a computer's data files, blocking the rightful owners from regaining access unless they pay a ransom.
Security experts have linked the program to attacks on Syrian dissidents in 2012 and attempts to steal data from more than a dozen French organizations last year. The low cost of the hacking tool has made it increasingly popular across the hacker underground, where variants have been circulating online for years.
Last year, security firm
French officials said raids occurred last week after the
Law enforcement co-ordination agencies Europol and Eurojust, based in
The two European agencies declined to provide country-by-country breakdowns of arrests, details of items seized or the specific days when last week's raids occurred.
In a statement, the RCMP advised Canadians to make sure an anti-virus software is in place and not to open email from an unknown source.
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