03 January 2019
Last year a deadly malware came out with the name of Fruitfly that was known to spy on victims via their webcams, taking screenshots, performing modifications on personal files while taking control of the system. Fast forward now, its revealed that the person behind the malware was infecting users since 13 years now and started infected the computer since he was a teenager back in 2003.
The Department of Justice shared that Phillip Durachinsky who is a 28-year old guy from North Royalton, Ohio did this to monitor people with them not having any idea about it what so ever. The guy used the malware to turn on webcams, microphones, keep a log of keystrokes, steal medical and tax records, internet search history, personal photographs, banking transactions and got an alert when people wrote any search query related to porn.
Primarily infecting Macs, he also made versions that spied on Windows and Linux computers while keeping track of computers at schools, police departments, several companies.
It seems that Durachinsky sold the data captured while Apple was forced to release an update to tackle the malware but its still out there in the wild. Spy and Ransomeware are on the rise where its believed that over 8400 Android phones are infected with malware every day. Currently, there is no information as to how Fruitfly infects the computers though it seems that the malicious links and email attachments could be a possibility.