Home Security Man installed Mac malware on thousands of machines: claim

A man from the city of North Royalton in Ohio has been charged with allegedly creating and installing malware on thousands of Apple computers for more than 13 years.

A statement from the US Department of Justice said Phillip Durachinsky had watched, listened to, and obtained personal data from his victims. He was also indicted for producing child pornography.

Durachinsky is said to have developed malware named Fruitfly that he installed on computers after he had gained access to them.

Thereafter he could access stored data, upload files, take and download screenshots, log a user’s keystrokes, and turn on the camera and microphone to surreptitiously record images and audio.

He also used stolen credentials to access and obtain information from third-party websites.

Durachinsky is also claimed to have watched and listened to victims and intercepted communications in the room where the infected computer was located.

In some cases, the malware alerted him if a user typed words associated with pornography. The indictment claimed Durachinsky saved millions of images and often kept detailed notes of what he saw.

“For more than 13 years, Phillip Durachinsky allegedly infected with malware the computers of thousands of Americans and stole their most personal data and communications,” said acting assistant attorney-general John Cronan.

“This case is an example of the Justice Department’s continued efforts to hold accountable cyber criminals who invade the privacy of others and exploit technology for their own ends.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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