The FBI and law enforcement authorities in 19 countries cooperated in a nearly two-year operation that culminated in the arrests of more than 90 individuals linked to Blackshades malware.
As reported by CNN, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in New York told reporters the global investigation”exposed and crippled a frightening form of cyber crime that has affected hundreds of thousands of users around the world. ” The malware is estimated to have infected nearly half a million computers worldwide.
Among other things, Blackshade malware allowed hackers to hijack computers and remotely turn on webcams, which would then be used to take compromising photos of individuals that could be used to extort victims. One such high profile victim was Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf,who has since become an advocate for online safety education.
Take charge of your own digital security
All of this underscores the need to take charge of your own digital security-not just on your personal computer, but on your mobile devices as well. Because smart phones also have cameras and audio devices, they can be used to spy on you and send sensitive data to malevolent individuals and organizations, as is described in the corporate espionage video below.
How to protect yourself
viaProtect was developed to give you greater control of your mobile security. It shows you where your data is going, who is sending it, and how it is being sent. It allows you to make the choices about your security instead of letting others make those choices for you.
Hackers will always be looking for new ways into your device and your data is only as secure as your weakest app. The FBI’s latest ‘creepware’ crackdown only underscores the need to educate consumers about the risks the face and the steps they can take to protect themselves from cybercrime.