Phillip Durachinsky is accused of developing a spyware called Fruitfly which enabled him to take complete control over any Mac system. The man was able to tap into the infected computers’ mics and webcams. tracking what was being typed and all mouse movements. He was also able to remotely download computer files without users even noticing it.
The man allegedly used the malware to spy on thousands of users, of whom one was a government employee. He stole personal and financial data from his victims, the indictment shows.
He also watched and listened to his victims while building a vast database of “millions of images”. Many of the images were about children, which prompted Justice Department prosecutors to accuse him of producing child pornography. He is also accused of illegal wiretapping and wire fraud.
Durachinsky’s Malware Discovered Last Year
The malware he created was first detected last year by cybersecurity company Malware bytes. After the discovery, Apple came up with a security fix which cut Durachinsky’s access to the infected devices for good.
Later in the year, cybersecurity expert and former NSA employee Patrick Wardle was able to access the malware’s code, reverse engineer it, and discover a vast network of infected devices. The expert was shocked to learn that Durachinsky was able to target so many people and keep a low profile for 13 years.
The fact that this guy was able to do this for over a decade is mind-blowing,
Wardle found that thousands of people were affected by the spyware. He was also able to obtain all the names of the victims and their IP addresses.
Wardle’s first thought was that he must had stumbled upon a cyberespionage campaign. He, nevertheless, informed the FBI about the discovery.
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