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BlackShades cybercops demonstrate improving global cooperation

Antone Gonsalves | May 20, 2014
The international raids that led to the arrests of nearly 100 people suspected of trading in the notorious BlackShades Trojan shows that countries are learning how to cooperate at a large scale in chasing cybercriminals, experts say.

A U.S. university student used the program in 2013 to take nude photos of girls and women through the webcams of their computers. One of the victims was Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf.

Jared James Abrahams, 20, pleaded guilty to extortion and computer hacking and was sentenced to 18 months in prison in March.

The latest busts came a few days after the FBI said it would get more aggressive in chasing down cybercriminals. Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBI's cybercrime unit, also said the agency expected to make multiple arrests over the next several weeks, Reuters reported.

 

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