Prolific hacker from OH indicted, developed 'Fruitfly' malware to spy on thousands

Prolific hacker from OH indicted, developed 'Fruitfly' malware to spy on thousands

Creepers gonna creep and Phillip Durachinsk, and OH man, was doing just that and getting away with it for 13 years using his own Fruitfly malware.

The Fruitfly malware created by Durachinsky was first discovered in January 2017. He could also collect keystrokes and looks to have had full access to the file system.

A computer programmer from OH has been charged in a 16-count indictment with creating the "Fruitfly" malware and installing it on unwitting victims' computers with the alleged intent of spying and creating child porn.

Authorities said that the malware sometimes alerted Durachinsky to certain words being types, such as those associated with pornography. Unbeknownst to his victims, he allegedly listened to and watched their interactions and conversations by turning on their cameras and microphones using a control panel that he ran on a computer at his home. "This case is an example of the Justice Department's continued efforts to hold accountable cybercriminals who invade the privacy of others and exploit technology for their own ends". He is also charged with production of child pornography from 2011 until his arrest.

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Authorities say cyber experts have had him on their radar as he previously hacked into schools, companies, and local police departments.

The current indictment does not list specific victims, but Durachinsky was arrested previous year after a series of hacks at Case Western Reserve University were reported.

Once computers were infected, Durachinsky "used the malware to steal the personal data of victims, including their logon credentials, tax records, medical records, photographs, banking records, Internet searches, and potentially embarrassing communications", according to the attorney's office.

Durachinsky also purportedly used stolen login credentials to access and download information from third-party websites. The investigation determined that Durachinsky had infected computers at other universities and institutions from 2003 to 2017. Law enforcement was able to trace Durachinsky, a Case Western alumnus, through his alumni email account, according to last year's complaint.

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