[ISN] Global Raids Target ‘Blackshades’ Hacking Ring

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303409004579566310503798566.html By Danny Yadron and Christopher M. Matthews The Wall Street Journal May 16, 2014 The Federal Bureau of Investigation and foreign police agencies have launched a series of raids around the world at the homes of people linked to a type of hacking software called Blackshades, according to posts on hacker forums and people familiar with the investigation. The software is what experts call a “rat”—remote access tool—that allows people to control computers from a distance. The targets of the raids are suspected of buying and selling Blackshades and were subjected to searches and seizures in recent days, according to people familiar with the case. The searches are part of a coordinated crackdown on an international ring of suspected criminal hackers, according to the people familiar with the probe. Federal prosecutors in New York plan to announce the results of the raids as soon as Monday, said those familiar with the situation. The people familiar with the case said hackers sold the Blackshades software from a website—called bshades.eu—that was part of an underground hacking marketplace in which people write programs for others to buy. The website, which has been taken offline, and the maker of the Blackshares software couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. […]