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Ohio coder accused of infecting Macs, PCs with webcam, browser spyware for 13 years

posted onJanuary 11, 2018
by l33tdawg

A computer programmer has been accused of hacking, committing identity theft, and creating child pornography after allegedly developing custom malware to take control of thousands of computers.

Phillip Durachinsky, 28, of North Royalton, Ohio, USA, was indicted on Wednesday on 16 separate charges relating to the alleged creation of malware dubbed Fruitfly, which could commandeer infected macOS and Windows PC systems. Prosectors claim Durachinsky used the code to spy on thousands of people in a campaign that started in 2003, when he was just a teenager.

"For more than 13 years, Phillip Durachinsky allegedly infected with malware the computers of thousands of Americans and stole their most personal data and communications," said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan.

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