US man charged over 15-year spy campaign


An American has been charged with allegedly spying on thousands of people via their computers for more than a decade.

The U.S. department of Justice has accused Philippe Durachinsky of the creation of malware to infiltrate victims’computers.

During the campaign, Mr. Durachinsky is accused of stealing data and secretly recorded images and audio.

He has been accused of breaking the law on fraud, computer misuse and identity theft.

In addition, because some of the victims were minors, he has been responsible for the production of child pornography. In total, Mr. Durachinsky faces 16 separate charges.
Schools “piracy”

“Durachinsky is accused of having used his sophisticated cyber-skills with bad intent, to compromise many systems and individual computers,” said FBI special agent Stephen Anthony, who led the investigation.

Mr. Anthony said of many organizations, Mr. Durachinsky is supposed to be a compromise, shared key information with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in helping them to discover who was behind the hack attacks.

As well as individuals, Mr. Durachinsky is said to have hacked into the schools, businesses, police services and a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The malware used to penetrate the machines, which were mainly of Apple Mac desktop and laptop, is called the fruit Fly. It was first identified at the beginning of 2017 and to the left of the security researchers puzzled because it was not clear how the software was able to infect machines.

Analysis of malicious software and machines, it was found suggest that it was first used in 2003. Apple has produced a patch to fix the vulnerabilities he exploited to the end of January of last year.

Mr. Durachinsky was arrested shortly after the information about the fruit Fly has been released to the public.