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Blackshades Malware Take Down


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#1 Stolen

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 04:13 PM

FBI Cracks Down on Blackshades Malware




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May 19, 2014 // 4:02 PM CDT

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FBI press conference

Today, the FBI arrested over 100 individuals in more than a dozen countries all over the world in a coordinated massive cyber takedown.

Blackshades, according to the FBI, is a particularly insidious form of malware which has been used to infect over a million computers worldwide. Blackshades is a remote-administration tool also known as RAT. It is a backdoor that is used by attackers to take control of computers, steal passwords, steal PPI (personally-identifiable information), confiscate Facebook and other social media accounts, record and copy all keystrokes, access documents and photos, operate webcams and spy on people. Blackshades has also been used to initiate large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The software that was developed was available for as low as about $40.00 and was widely abused by hackers known to infect computers and also used to install ransomware.

The FBI has been working in conjunction with other law-enforcement agencies worldwide, most notably in the UK. Ongoing investigations in preparation for the arrests involved interviews, email and physical searches, seizing computers and almost 2,000 domains used by Blackshades.

This massive raid is the largest since 2012 when the FBI arrested over 20 people involved with the program.


Further Reading
International Blackshades Malware Takedown
Malwarebytes Unpacked Blog Post


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 11:37 PM

A shame that this only sets people like that back by a few months given the fact that people will always find ways to conceal themselves and spread garbage around to steal from people.



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 12:25 PM

More here... http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/May14/BlackshadesPR.php

 

I hope they catch all of them and they rot in jail - scumbags!!



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:17 PM

How does the FBI "arrest" people outside the United States?



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:29 PM

When host nations grant authority. Usually a nation the US has an existing extradition treaty with, grant that authority. The FBI and host nation where the suspect is will work in cooperation to secure the arrests.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 11:35 AM

My neighbor just had his computer locked up but was warned by a phone call he was going to have computer problems, the call came from Michigan. Then the guy called back and wanted to know if he wanted his computer fixed, could this be a form of Blackshades??



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 04:26 PM

I'm no expert, but in the link I posted it says...

 

 

Further, using a tool known as “file hijacker,” the RAT enabled users to encrypt, or lock, a victim’s files and demand a “ransom” payment to unlock them. The RAT even came with a prepared script demanding such a ransom.

 

So I'd say it could be.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:40 PM

Thats intense. Wonder how long of an investigation that actually was and who reversed it.



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 01:34 PM

My neighbor just had his computer locked up but was warned by a phone call he was going to have computer problems, the call came from Michigan. Then the guy called back and wanted to know if he wanted his computer fixed, could this be a form of Blackshades??

these type of calls I got  about 6  times in the past few months ,they say they are Microsoft and I have problems with my computer ,and if I want to to access my computer to fix it  ,iam smart enough to know that Microsoft has no way of knowing my computer is having trouble ,so I just string them along, making fun of them the whole time ,till they say something nasty [or I say something nasty ]and  hang up


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 01:01 PM

Ques: to all US Congress, and supreme court, and all former Bush, Clinton, and Obama staff:

Is the FBI also going to investigate the NSA, CIA, and itself for doing the very same thing via Nazi and gestapo tacktics in violation of our rights to protection against illegal search and seizure according to the US Constitution??????????????



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 02:33 PM

Ques: to all US Congress, and supreme court, and all former Bush, Clinton, and Obama staff:

Is the FBI also going to investigate the NSA, CIA, and itself for doing the very same thing via Nazi and gestapo tacktics in violation of our rights to protection against illegal search and seizure according to the US Constitution??????????????

I thik our o the wrong forum there lefty ,lol


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