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Blackshades Malware Infects 500,000 Computers

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Federal officials arrested more than 100 people in connection with a malware that infected more than 500,000 people. The program, called Blackshades, infected computers in more than 100 nations. The malware is capable of taking control of the processor and Web came on compromised systems. Blackshades also gathered personal information stored on infected computers. Some observers are referring to the program as "creepware," due to the way it controls cameras. Law enforcement officials in 19 countries are engaged in a crackdown on those people who designed and distributed the software. More than 90 people were arrested in over 300 searches worldwide. Alex Yucel of Sweden was one of the people arrested in the sweeps. Authorities arrested him in Moldova, on charges he helped create the malware. Users could purchase the application for around 40 dollars. This could then be used to remotely control Webcams on infected computers.

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