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Thu Jan 11, 2018, 04:00 AM

North Royalton hacker stole potentially embarrassing information from computers, feds say

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Federal prosecutors accused a North Royalton man of creating a malware program named "Fruitfly" that he used to worm its way into thousands of computers nationwide, according to a news release.

Phillip Durachinsky, 28, used the malware to steal people's personal information, including usernames, passwords, financial records, medical records, photographs, internet searches and things that might be considered embarrassing, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland. Fruitfly was able to alert Durachinsky if an infected computer's user typed words associated with pornography.

It also allowed Durachinsky to turn on an infected computer's microphone and cameras and record people, according to court filings.

Fruitfly has been on the radar of cybersecurity analysts for a while. It caught their attention because, in addition to puncturing the security systems on computers with Microsoft operating systems, it could get into Apple computers, according to an article on Forbes' website.

Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2018/01/north_royalton_hacker_stole_po.html

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