News

Police make global arrests of suspected webcam hackers

Police make global arrests of suspected webcam hackers

Photo: clipart.com

AMSTERDAM (AP) — European law enforcement agencies say they have helped coordinate raids in 16 countries that led to 97 arrests of people suspected of developing, distributing or using criminal software known as “BlackShades.”

The malware allows users to gain control of targets’ computers and record personal information, including intercepting keystrokes and hijacking webcams to record their owners secretly. It also enables users to encrypt the information on target computers and then demand a ransom in exchange for releasing it.

Coordination agencies Europol and Eurojust, based in The Hague, Netherlands, said Monday national police in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Britain, Finland, Austria, Estonia, Denmark, Italy, Croatia, the United States, Canada, Chile, Switzerland and Moldova carried out 359 raids in all.

Police seized cash, firearms, drugs and more than 1,000 data storage devices.

Local Headlines

in Local

Neunaber Charged

Breaking News

An Akron man is charged in the death of his mother...

in Local

July Weather

lightning

It's been a cool and dry July...

in Local

Sexual Abuse Plea

gavel

A former court employee enters a plea on a sexual abuse charge...

in Local

Law Enforcement Reports

lawenforcement1240

Law Enforcement Reports...

in Local

SCT Children’s Theater

sct1240

Over 50 kids will perform this weekend in the Spencer Community Children's Theatre performance of The Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark...