On Friday, US officials reported an arrest of websites selling cybercriminals’ “Warzone RAT” software, which could be used to steal data from victims’ PCs.
On Friday, US officials announced the seizure of websites that sold cybercriminals software known as “Warzone RAT” that could be used to steal data from victims’ computers.
Two people in Malta and Nigeria have been arrested on related allegations, they said.
Federal prosecutors in Boston announced that law enforcement had shut down four domains that attempted to sell malware, allowing cybercriminals to discreetly connect to people’s computers for harmful purposes.
According to prosecutors, the virus, known as a remote access trojan, enabled hackers to browse file systems, take screenshots, get a victim’s user names and passwords, record keystrokes, and monitor computer users via web cameras.
Jodi Cohen, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston branch, described it as sophisticated malware that was used to infect systems worldwide.
Two people are currently in detention and have been indicted in the United States for their suspected involvement.
Daniel Meli, 27, of Zabbar, Malta, was charged with unauthorized computer damage and other cyber-related charges in an indictment filed in federal court in Atlanta.
Prosecutors claim that since 2012, he has sold malware products such as the Warzone RAT through online computer-hacking forums and offered teaching tools for sale, including an eBook. The US government is pursuing his extradition.
Jodi Cohen, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston branch, described it as sophisticated malware that infected networks around the world.
Two people are currently detained and have been indicted in the United States for their alleged involvement.
Daniel Meli, 27, of Zabbar, Malta, was indicted in federal court in Atlanta for unlawful computer damage and other cyber-related crimes.
Prosecutors claim that since 2012, he has sold malware products, including the Warzone RAT, through online computer-hacking forums, as well as training tools like an eBook. The US government is seeking his extradition.
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