The sophisticated malware lets cybercriminals remotely hijack a computer, authorities said as charges were announced Monday against nearly 100 people worldwide.
Authorities said 97 people suspected of using or distributing the malicious software called BlackShades have been arrested in 16 countries, including the software's owner, a 24-year-old Swedish man.
"This case is a strong reminder that no one is safe while using the Internet," said
"It should serve as a warning and deterrent to those involved in the manufacture and use of this software."
"As today's case makes clear, we now live in a world where, for just
The criminal operation allegedly involved stealing information, controlling computers, and exploiting people whose computers were hacked. The map indicated victims in
Authorities said the BlackShades "RAT" has been sold since 2010 to several thousand users, generating sales of more than
Among the victims of the malware was
The malware lets hackers steal personal information, intercept keystrokes and hijack webcams to secretly record computer users. BlackShades also can be used to encrypt and lock computer data files, forcing people to pay a ransom to regain access.
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