Hackers Are Watching Through Your Webcam

*Article courtesy Israel Homeland Security

story sans-serif;”>More than a half million computers in more than 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals take over a computer and hijack webcamits webcam, authorities said as charges were announced Monday against more than 100 people worldwide.

According to a report in ABC News , police worldwide said they had recently arrested 97 people in 16 countries suspected of using or distributing the malicious software called BlackShades.

The FBI said the BlackShades Remote Access Tool has been sold since at least 2010 to several thousand users. The agency said one of the program’s co-creators is now cooperating with the government and had provided extensive information.

The malware lets hackers steal personal information, intercept keystrokes and hijack webcams to make secret recordings of users. BlackShades also can be used to encrypt and lock a computer’s data files, blocking the rightful owners from regaining access unless they pay a ransom.

Security experts have linked the program to attacks on Syrian dissidents in 2012 and attempts to steal data from more than a dozen French organizations last year. The low cost of the hacking tool has made it increasingly popular across the hacker underground, where variants have been circulating online for years.

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