Spyware creator arrested for allegedly creeping on thousands for 13 years


The culprit behind the creepy spyware Fruitfly was nabbed finally — after 13 years.

A 28-year-old Ohio man was accused Wednesday of running the malware attack on thousands of computers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Phillip Durachinsky was indicted on 16 counts for wiretapping, identity theft, producing child pornography, and other computer fraud violations.

Fruitfly — as the malware was named — was installed on thousands of computers from 2003 through January 2017. Durachinsky had access to personal computers along with devices at companies, schools, a police department, and a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Yes, he allegedly was spying on the government, according to the DOJ. Read more…

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