16-05-2014, 23:44 #1
[EN] Compradores de Blackshades caçados pelas policias locais ao redor do mundo
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and foreign police agencies have launched a series of raids around the world at the homes of people linked to a type of hacking software called Blackshades, according to posts on hacker forums and people familiar with the investigation.
The software is what experts call a "rat''—remote access tool—that allows people to control computers from a distance. The targets of the raids are suspected of buying and selling Blackshades and were subjected to searches and seizures in recent days, according to people familiar with the case.
The searches are part of a coordinated crackdown on an international ring of suspected criminal hackers, according to the people familiar with the probe. Federal prosecutors in New York plan to announce the results of the raids as soon as Monday, said those familiar with the situation.
The people familiar with the case said hackers sold the Blackshades software from a website—called bshades.eu—that was part of an underground hacking marketplace in which people write programs for others to buy. The website, which has been taken offline, and the maker of the Blackshares software couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
Blackshades can be used for legitimate purposes, such as accessing a work computer from home. When used for illegal means, however, it can allow hackers to access files on a computer, track keyboard strokes to learn passwords or even to take over a computer's camera.
Hackers sometimes use the software to take over of a computer and then demand a ransom to return control, said law-enforcement officials and computer security experts.
Robert Anderson, the FBI's executive assistant director of the criminal, cyber, response, and services branch, said at a Reuters conference this week that the bureau would be launching an aggressive crackdown on cyber crime, promising arrests and indictments to try to take on the booming international cyber-crime business.
"There is a philosophy change," Anderson said. "If we can reach out and touch you, we are going to reach out and touch you."
16-05-2014, 23:53 #2
Global Raids Underway Against “Blackshades” Hackers
After months of investigation, law enforcement officials in the U.S., Europe and Asia are cracking down on a hacking network employing a computer program known as “Blackshades,” which can be used as malware to control the computers of unwitting people.
The FBI and law enforcement officials in countries around the world launched a massive, coordinated series of raids late this week against users of a computer program known as “Blackshades,” officials familiar with the busts tell TIME.
The raids took place in more than a dozen countries, and involved the arrest of dozens of suspects, according to the officials. Several U.S.-based suspects charged in the investigation were still being sought, the sources said.
The “Blackshades” program is sold legally around the world but can be used as malware to control the computers of unwitting people, collecting their personal information and hijacking their computers for illegal attacks.
In at least some of cases, the hackers allegedly took private online account information from users, one official familiar with the investigation said.
The investigation was months in the making and involved law enforcement agencies in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. The U.S. charges are still sealed.
The raids were first reported on websites frequented by hackers and subsequently by the Wall Street Journal.
19-05-2014, 11:34 #3
Blackshades: Arrests in computer malware probe
Seventeen people in the UK have been arrested as part of a worldwide crackdown on computer crime.
The operation targeted the use of Blackshades software which can remotely control people's computers and webcams. The "malware" product was being sold online for less than £100.
Arrests were made in the West Midlands, North West, Devon, Hampshire, London, Yorkshire, St Andrews and Glasgow.
Other people were held in countries including the US, France and Germany.