Law enforcement raids homes of BlackShades RAT users

Share this article:

The FBI, with the help of local international law enforcement, has been targeting users of the remote administration tool (RAT) dubbed BlackShades.

No arrests have been made, but police raids in Europe have been reported on forums by BlackShades users, according to a blog post by cyber crime investigator Rickey Gevers. According to posts on hackforum.net, police have been seizing any computers linked to the RAT.

The BlackShades website, where the software was sold, went offline Wednesday. According to whois.com information, the domain was seized by the FBI.

This recent crackdown may be tied to comments made by an FBI official at the Reuters Cybersecurity summit, when he indicated that the agency expects to announce "searches, indictments and multiple arrests over the next several weeks," according to a report by Reuters.

Share this article:

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

Report: UK police push for required mobile phone PWs

The Metropolitan Police have reportedly lobbied for two years to enact the standard.

JPMorgan Chase customers targeted in massive phishing campaign

JPMorgan Chase customers targeted in massive phishing campaign

Roughly 500,000 emails have been sent out so far as part of a massive multifaceted phishing campaign targeting customers of JPMorgan Chase.

Study: Organizations lack training, budget to thwart insider threats

Study: Organizations lack training, budget to thwart insider ...

Of the 355 IT and security professionals surveyed, a majority indicated that they were ill-equipped to thwart a possible insider threat.