The Blackshades investigation began with an unrelated bust and this week we have reports of Feds spanning the world conducting dozens of interviews. The FBI claims this huge cybercrime bust in Operation Blackshades or the Blackshades Global Takedown . Our forensics team is ready for the fight.
One cooperating witness may have oversold the feds on Blackshades resulting in Bogus Busts for those who never used the package or where there is no log data to support the charges. Here are some quotes from the Feds. One commentator agrees with us. “Blackshades is only one of many remote access tools. Dozens are available in the black and gray market, as wall as being marketed more normally to remote workers and worried parents. If purchasing or downloading remote access software is grounds for a search warrant or arrest, the civil liberties implications are worrying.”
“Alex Yucel, as alleged in charging documents, headed the organization that developed and sold the Blackshades remote access tool, or RAT. The Blackshades RAT gave cyber criminals the ability to take over a computer from an unsuspecting victim. Armed with $40, a computer, and access to the Internet, a cyber criminal could use the Blackshades RAT to spy on, steal from, or extort an unsuspecting victim anywhere in the world.”
“The tool allowed cyber criminals to steal passwords and banking credentials; hack into social media accounts; access documents, photos, and other computer files; record all keystrokes; activate webcams; hold a computer for ransom; and use the computer in distributed denial of service [DDoS] attacks.”