Attached to the note was a file labeled simply SCARY. Yeah, the IM had come from her account, but she hadn't sent it. That night, Suzy's 20-year-old friend Nila Westwood got the same note, the same attachment. When she called her friend to see what she'd missed, things actually got freaky: Suzy'd never sent a thing.Melissa wondered why her goof-off sister was IM'ing from the next room instead of just padding over—she wasn't usually that lazy—so she walked over to see what was up. Unlike Melissa, she opened it, expecting, say, a video of some guy stapling his lip to his chin on You Tube. The girls pieced together the clues and agreed: Suzy's AOL account had been hacked.The laptop, it turned out, had been stolen before she bought it, and it came equipped with a Remote Access Tool, or RAT.
In addition he will have to perform 200 hours of community service.
Angela Mc Kenna, senior investigating officer for the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, said in a statement that hackers using tools like Black Shades will be pursued: “People using malicious tools like Blackshades can massively violate the privacy of their victims, and use compromised computers to facilitate further crime.
Not to creep you out, but someone might be spying on you. The web-connected cameras on your laptop and cellphone — and your doggie-cam and baby monitor, too — are digital peepholes for hackers.
Same goes for your smart TV and home security system.
Every online scam begins more or less the same—a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment.
But every so often, a new type of hacker comes along. He secretly burrows his way into your hard drive, then into your life. It was a Saturday night, not much happening in her Long Beach, California, neighborhood, so high school senior Melissa Young was home messing around on her computer.
In addition to observing his victims through their hijacked webcam, Rigo was also capable of stealing passwords from infected computers, reading email conversations, launch denial-of-service attacks, access banking data and so forth…
Rigo was arrested in November 2014, as part of an international operation rounding up hackers suspected of remotely hijack other people’s computers.
According to local media reports, Rigo had used an ex-girlfriend’s banking details to purchase the Blackshades malware – perhaps not the wisest choice for someone intending to avoid identification…
With the court taking Rigo’s guilty pleas counts of voyeurism and offences under the Computer Misuse Act earlier this year into account, the 34-year-old was given a 20 week suspended sentence and will be placed on the sexual offenders’ register for seven years.
School districts have used RATs to spy on students in their bedrooms; rent-to-own computer stores have secretly watched their customers.