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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.

Three men plead guilty to creating Mirai botnet

posted onDecember 13, 2017
by l33tdawg

A New Jersey man was just one of a trio who pled guilty to hacking charges and creating the devastating Mirai botnet, which spread via vulnerabilities in Internet-connected devices to unleash numerous massive distributed-denial-of-service attacks. As recently as last week, new Mirai strains continued to proliferate online.

Prison hacker who tried to free friend now likely to join him inside

posted onDecember 4, 2017
by l33tdawg

A Michigan man who hacked into his local prison's computing system to gain early release for a friend is facing his own time inside after getting caught.

Konrads Voits, 27, pled guilty to hacking charges after installing malware on the Washtenaw County government computer system in an attempt to get a friend released early from prison. The attempt was unsuccessful and the police caught him, ensuring that he may well be joining his mate in the Big House.

"Cyber intrusions affect individuals, businesses and governments," said United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch.

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love faces wait after extradition appeal

posted onNovember 30, 2017
by l33tdawg

At a High Court hearing which began on Wednesday, senior judges were told that Lauri Love, who has Asperger syndrome, was at severe risk of committing suicide if extradited.

Concluding Thursday's much shorter hearing, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, said he and Mr Justice Ouseley reserved their judgments and would "take our time" to consider whether Mr Love, a 32-year-old with autism and depression, should face trial in the US.

U.K. approves extradition of British hacker to the U.S.

posted onNovember 15, 2016
by l33tdawg

A U.K. official has ordered the extradition of a British man to the United States on charges of hacking government computers belonging to NASA and the Department of Defense.

Lauri Love, a 31-year-old hacktivist, has been fighting his extradition, but on Monday U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd signed the order.

Hacker that allegedly stole millions in FIFA coins from EA goes on trial

posted onNovember 15, 2016
by l33tdawg

Most people that hack or otherwise cheat in video games are simply doing so to gain an unfair advantage against their opponents. For Anthony Clark and three others, their motivation allegedly had little to do with playing games.

Clark is on trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud after he and three others allegedly created a tool that allowed them to mine FIFA coins from Electronic Arts’ servers.

Blackhole exploit kit creator Paunch sent behind bars

posted onApril 15, 2016
by l33tdawg

The hacker behind the infamous Blackhole and Cool exploit kits has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

This week, the Zamoskvoretskiy Moscow court sentenced seven hackers to between five-and-a-half and eight years in prison for cybercrime offenses. According to local news outlet Tass (translation), Dmitry Fedotov, aka "Paunch," is among those convicted.

Why Kim Dotcom hasn’t been extradited 3 years after the US smashed Megaupload

posted onJanuary 19, 2015
by l33tdawg

Kim Dotcom has never been shy. And in December 2011, roughly a month before things for Dotcom were set to drastically change, he still oozed with bravado: Dotcom released a song ("The Megaupload Song") in conjunction with producer Printz Board. It featured a number of major pop stars—including the likes of Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, and Serena Williams—all singing that they "love Megaupload." If the star power wasn't enough, Dotcom placed an exclamation point at the end. In the lyrics, he claimed that Megaupload comprised four percent of all Internet traffic.