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100 arrests in global raids on 'BlackShades' hackers

Published on May 19, 2014 9:38 PM
 

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Police have arrested around 100 people in global raids against a notorious malware being sold complete with "ransom notes" to extort money after taking control of computers.

"During the course of a worldwide investigation, creators, sellers and users of BlackShades malware were targeted by judicial and law enforcement authorities in 16 different countries," Europe-wide police and justice bodies Europol and Eurojust said in a statement.

Thousands of people around the world have bought BlackShades RAT (Remote Access Tools) malicious software or malware, which can be used to secretly take control of a user's webcam or entire computer, as well as encrypt its contents and hold them to ransom.

The malware could also be used to carry out distributed denial-of-service cyberattacks to bring down websites.

 
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