Co-Developer Black Shades malware gets suspended sentence of five years

Jan

30

2016

Michael ‘xVisceral’ Hogue, from the US state of Arizona, has been given a suspended prison sentence of five years to contribute to the development of the Black Shades malware. He coöpereerde, after his arrest in 2012, with the police to arrest other suspects.

The suspended sentence of five years was as imposed Reuters in combination with an obligation to pay 500 hours of community service to perform and $ 40,000. That converts to around 37,000 euros. The US judge said that he reflected that Hogue has made the right decision by working with the police. Hogue, who was known by the online name xVisceral had after his arrest in 2012 admitted guilty to assisting in the development of malware.

The cooperation of Hogue in 2014 led to the arrest of Swede Alex Yücel, who in June 2015 sentenced to five years in prison. He had developed the software together with Hogue and had sold it with a profit of $ 350,000.

Black Shades was a form of malware, which was possible to remotely access infected machines. So could include files are encrypted there for ransom, and there were a connected webcam are made in some cases naked photos of victims. In 2014 did the Dutch police raids in relation to any such use of this malware. The Black Shades program between 2010 and 2014 was for sale and had about 6,000 paying customers around the globe, according to Reuters.

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