Blackshades, which has been widely shared around the hacker community, allows its users to steal passwords and other personal information remotely. It also allows spying through webcams. The software could be acquired online for $50 to $100. It is no relation to the Black Shades PC game.
The US FBI has led the global enforcement action which led to the raids. It says it will make a public announcement later today (tomorrow, Australian time).
The FB! Has been on the trail of Blackshades for years. It arrested its original developer, 21 year old American Michael Hogue (‘xVisceral’), in 2013 after a two year investigation. But the software has developed a life of its own and has since been extended by other hackers.
Security site MalwareBytes has a good description of the software:
“Blackshades is a Remote Access Trojan which allows an attacker the ability to view a victim’s webcam, log their key strokes, steal their files, further infect a system with subsequent malware, hold the infected system for ransom and a slew of other functionality.
“It has multiple methods of unique concealment, used to hide from antivirus engines by employing the use of custom ‘crypters’ which obfuscates the implant binary. It was most recently seen in the media as one of the tools used against Syrian political activists.”
iTWire will report on the FBI’s announcement of the operation’s details when they are released.