blog Picked up a copy of the ‘Blackshades’ remote administration tool recently? You may be on the FBI’s target list. The Wall Street Journal reports in the US over the weekend that US authorities have worked with law enforcement authorities in a range of countries to raid the homes of those who have been using the software. The newspaper tells us (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The searches are part of a coordinated crackdown on an international ring of suspected criminal hackers, according to the people familiar with the probe. Federal prosecutors in New York plan to announce the results of the raids as soon as Monday, said those familiar with the situation.”
AAP reports this morning (through Computerworld) that US authorities have also been working with Australian law enforcement authorities on the issue, with at least one Australian being affected by the raids. The site reports:
“An Australian wrote on a hacker forum how he “just got swatted” in a raid on his house by the Australian Federal Police and three laptops and a desktop computer were seized.”
I’m in two minds about these raids. It certainly appears that Blackshades, like many remote administration tools, can be used for innocent purposes; for example, I am sure it would be an excellent piece of software if you need to keep your parents’ PC in another city up to date, without having to go to the trouble of visiting their house. On the other hand, it appears that the FBI views the software, and anyone using it, as possibly having further links to to online crime. Perhaps it’s best to stick to more common tools for now.
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