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Swedish Man Cops To 'Blackshades' Distribution Charge In US

Law360, New York (February 18, 2015, 2:23 PM EST) -- A Swedish national pled guilty in New York court Wednesday to distributing malicious software called Blackshades that was allegedly used to infect more than half a million computers worldwide.

Alex Yucel, 24, copped to one count of distributing malicious software during a hearing before Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan. Prosecutors said Yucel worked with a U.S. citizen to develop and market Blackshades, a kind of “malware” that allowed criminals to remotely break into computers and steal users’ passwords and credit card information, hack social media accounts, access computer files, and even activate webcams.

Yucel, wearing blue prison scrubs, admitted in court...

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