Blackshades Malware Infects More Than Half a Million Computers

More than half a million people around the world are the newest victims of an online hack on their computers, infected by a software called Blackshades malware. 

The software acts as a remote access tool otherwise known as a “rat.”

The FBI says the malware can be used to hijack computers remotely, access hard drives and capture keystrokes to steal passwords without the victims ever knowing it.

It’s been an investigation years in the making.

The FBI and police in several other countries say they’ve arrested more than 100 people in connection with the online crimes.

Here are a couple of warning signs to tell if your computer may be infected with Blackshades, or a similar malware.

Your mouse cursor starts moving around, but you’re not moving it. Your web camera light flips on when the camera is not being used. Your monitor turns off while in use.

You start getting warnings that usernames and passwords have been compromised. Text-based chat windows pop up on your desktop. Computer files become encrypted and you get a ransom to unlock those files.

Blackshades attacks Microsoft Windows based programs.

You can search the hard drive for these files, that the FBI says have been found on other infected computers.

There is also a check registry modification you can do.

For instructions on protecting your computer, click here