WASHINGTON (5/20/14)--The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, working with law enforcement officials in about a dozen other countries, have arrested scores of individuals they say are involved with the creation and selling of Blackshades Remote Access Tool (RAT), a malicious computer software that allows its users to gain secret access to a victim's computer.
Blackshades RAT users can access computer files, steal passwords and even activate a computer's webcam to spy on the victim, according to the lawmakers' charges (Bloomberg May 19).
Bloomberg reported that the government Monday unsealed charges against Alex Yucel, allegedly the owner and operator of the Blackshades website and co-creator of the malware, and four others. Yucel was reported to be charged with five crimes, which included aggravated identity theft, conspiracy, and access device fraud. Arrested in Maldova in November, he awaits extradition.