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Malware Writer Allegedly Spied on Computers for 13 Years

Malware Writer Allegedly Spied on Computers for 13 Years

The indictment charges that while Durachinsky primarily used Fruitfly to infect Macs, he also wrote variants of Fruitfly that were capable of infecting computers running Windows. Thousands of Macs were infected, prosecutors said. The investigation determined that Durachinsky had infected computers at other universities and institutions from 2003 to 2017.

Fruitfly proved to be such an odd malware specimen that Patrick Wardle, chief security researcher for the vulnerability testing firm Synack, undertook deep research into it.

The Philip Durachinsky of creating malware to infiltrate victims' computers. And while it was only recently discovered, it had been in existence for awhile - at least before 2014, part of its code indicated it had been modified for the Mac Yosemite operating system, which was released that year.

According to the filing, the malware ended up on computers owned by individuals, companies, schools, a police department, local, state and federal government entities, and perhaps most alarmingly, a computer owned by a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Energy, which is responsible for the safe handling of nuclear materials and the maintenance of the nation's nuclear arsenal. Court documents say the 28-year-old watched and listened to people without their knowledge by hijacking computer webcams.

He allegedly used his creation to turn on thousands of infected systems' microphones and webcams, capture images, log keystrokes, and steal tax and medical records, photographs, Internet searches, and bank transactions.

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He also allegedly produced child pornography with the material obtained. They knew that malware dubbed Fruitfly captured screenshots and webcam images and had been installed on hundreds of computers in the USA and elsewhere, possibly for more than a decade.

Northern Ohio U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Mike Tobin said Durachinsky was arrested in January 2017 and has been in custody since.

Fruitfly had a control panel that also allegedly allowed Durachinsky "to view live images and data from several infected computers simultaneously", the indictment says. In some cases, the malware alerted Durachinsky if a user typed words associated with pornography.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Anthony said that Durachinsky was alleged to have used "sophisticated cyber skills with ill intent, compromising numerous systems and individual computers". Once he captured login credentials for Fruitfly-infected machines, Durachinsky is accused of creating virtual machines on those computers.


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