Ohio Hacker Charged with Child Pornography
MacOS Malware Used for Child Porn, Computer Fraud and Wiretapping
28 year old Phillip Durachinsky has been accused of and charged with computer fraud, wiretapping and child pornography after authorities learned the man had hacked cameras and microphones to both spy on and recorded things that he should not have.
Aside from spying on both people and companies, Phillip was so brazen that he hacked into schools and a U.S. Department of Energy subsidiary and he even spied on a police department.
Where the story takes on a pretty sick twist is where Phillip recorded individuals engaging in sex, some which where underage individuals.
According to court documents, Phillip often made it a habit of recording those that he spied on, collecting thousands and thousands of images, as well as being able to access tax, medical and banking records of the unlucky individuals and organizations that he spied on from 2003-2017.
Yes, you read that right, 14 years in total.
Phillip used FruitFly, a specific malware that is used to target Mac’s, a spyware used to surveille person through mac’s, more specifically watching them through their webcam or camera.
Phillip had been installing the malware onto PC’s for years and once on an individual’s PC, the malware was able to reach out and make contact with others, like the PC’s of businesses, schools, a police department and of course a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Once running, FruitFly was able to steal files, passwords, turned on cameras and microphones.
In some cases, FruitFly would alert Phillip if and when an individual computer were being used to search for porn by a victim.
Court documents indicate that thousands of computers had been infected and comprised and while watching and listening to those that he spied on, this brilliant man took notes, yes he took the time to take down notes with regards to what he heard or saw.
I know what you are thinking, FruitFly should only be able to work on MacOS right?
Phillip, it seems was able to develop a Windows version which explains how so many PC’s were infected in the end.
As to the child porn charges, while the DOJ has not released much with regards to those charges, it appears that from Oct, 2011 – Jan 2017 Phillip recorded underage teens having sex, recordings he knew he could either share or sell, recordings he knew would be shared.
So how did the DOJ finally catch up with Phillip?
In January of last year, Phillip was accused of hacking into computers at Case Western Reserve University. Upon investigating the complaint against Phillip, the FBI had discovered that the computers had in fact been infected for several years.
This serves as a great way to open the door to some dialogue.
It doesn’t matter what OS you might be on, just because you think you are safe, you may not be.
We can always count on one individual at the very least, who will be able to develop malware or some way so as to infect whatever OS they desire.
Developers may want to get better at patching things up, closing back-doors, creating devices and software that are smart enough to block infected software, ads and files, or at the very least, ensuring that we cannot be hacked as easily as we currently are.
Cristal M Clark