back to article BlackShades privacy raiding web rat gets five years in US cooler

Swedish BlackShades co-creator Alex Yucel has been sentenced to nearly five years in a US cooler for selling and distributing the remote access trojan (RAT). Yucel, 25, pled guilty February in a New York court to slinging the perverted mutation of a legitimate system administration tool and was forced to forfeit $US200,000 in …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So, blackhats.

    Make sure you go somewhere that has no extradition treaty with the USofA and you're pretty much safe!!!!

    Ask the cryptowall/locker/safe etc etc crews....

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: So, blackhats.

      Well, first they have to find them. I'm guessing our agencies are so busy spying on us and each other's governments and populations that there's no time to seek out those particular crews.

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  3. rtb61

    10,000 More Prosecutions to Come?

    More than $350 thousand in revenue that's more than 8,750 customers and the FBI is going for them all, either directly in the US or indirectly overseas. Now that's a real viral attack considering the consequences for 8750, make that 8,743 seeing as they have already targeted 7 and it sounds like in all serious they are actually going to try to prosecute them all.

    Likely this will not be the only hacking tool they will target in order to achieve the same sort of prosecutorial return and those they have already targeted have led them to other tools and the relationships those already targeted had with the other tool providers.

    Sounds like they have hit pay dirt, possibly something like more than 10,000 prosecutions in the offing. Script kiddies should be terrified at the moment but temptation will get the better of them as will the patience of the FBI.

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