Russian Blackhole Software Thief Arrested
The Russian that goes by Paunch was arrested recently in connection with software called Blackhole that steals users information.
The software has been used for everything from stealing pictures and information to credit cards and identity theft.
The way the software works is that it attaches to your web browser and turns what otherwise would be a safe site, into an open port to pass your information into the hackers hands.
United States agencies had to get involved to make the arrest happen. The software tool kit has been officially shut down, although it’s not clear if its still capable of affecting infected computers any longer.
Most web browsers have released patches that should stop this from happening. It attached itself to otherwise harmless plugins that would then infect the computer and allow the hackers access to all of your information.