Ohio Man Charged with Allegedly Creating, Using 'Fruitfly' Malware

Ohio Man Charged with Allegedly Creating, Using 'Fruitfly' Malware

He also allegedly took advantage of his unauthorized access to steal login credentials; tax, medical, and banking records; photos, internet search data; and other "potentially embarrassing communications". It was initially discovered to be targeting macs, but he allegedly developed versions that could infect Windows and Linux systems, too.

The malware used to penetrate machines, which were predominantly Apple Mac laptops and desktops, is called Fruitfly.

Fruitfly proved to be such an odd malware specimen that Patrick Wardle, chief security researcher for the vulnerability testing firm Synack, undertook deep research into it.

Durachinksy was identified as the hacker behind the Fruitfly virus after the malware infected more than 100 computers at Case Western Reserve University.

What Fruitfly proved was that Mac software was no more secure than any other operating system and it could be knocked over by a 15 year old. He was also accused of watching and listening to his victims without their knowledge.

"In certain cases, the Fruitfly malware alerted defendant if a user of an infected computer types certain words associated with pornography", the indictment says.

Durachinsky also been charged with using minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

Once installed, Durachinsky was able to steal stored data, uploaded files, screenshots and log keystrokes, prosecutors say.

A computer hacker in OH has been charged with spying on people, companies and even a police department for 13 years, sometimes using cameras and microphones of compromised computers to secretly record minors having sex.

Phillip Durachinsky, 28, was indicted for infecting thousands of computers with malware that allowed him to secretly hijack webcams in order to watch and listen to unknowing victims for over a decade.

"Defendant used certain Fruitfly victims' computer networks to access sufficient bandwidth to allow the Fruitfly malware to infected protected computers", not only in OH but worldwide, the indictment reads. Because of the limited, targeted attacks, (largely, he said at the time, home users and biomedical research institutions) as well as some aspects of the code, Wardle hypothesized that the malware wasn't some state-sponsored cyber attack nor a means to financial profit.

"Durachinsky is alleged to have utilized his sophisticated cyber skills with ill intent, compromising numerous systems and individual computers", said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony. He then gave his findings to law enforcement, which may have provided the evidence used to bring this week's indictment.