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Computer hijacking arrests in UK and across Europe

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Source: BBC

Officers from the National Crime Agency carried out the raids on suspected computer hijackers

Fifteen people have been arrested, including four in the UK, in connection with the hijacking of computers.

Police say the individuals were using software designed to remotely control computers - allowing for the stealing of information.

The other arrests were made in Estonia, France, Romania, Latvia, Italy, and Norway.

The practice, which in some instances can grant access to a victim's webcam, is known as "Ratting".

The phrase takes its name from the malicious software used to gain control - Remote Access Trojans (Rats).

Using Rats to view people through their own webcams, without their knowledge, is becoming "increasingly common" according to the UK government-backed Get Safe Online advice website.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it arrested two 33-year-old men, and a 30-year-old woman, in Leeds.

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Rachel Hyndman tells 5 live she was 'horrified' by the incident
A 20-year-old man was arrested in Chatham, Kent, while a 19-year-old man had his home searched in Liverpool and was brought in for "voluntary questioning".

They are all accused of knowingly using Rats to spy on multiple targets.

"Victims are typically infected by being convinced to click on a link purporting to be a picture or video, or disguised as a legitimate file, but is instead an installer for the Rat," the NCA explained in a statement.

"In many cases, those who unwittingly install such trojans will have no indication that their machine is infected."

As well as the arrests, the NCA said it was warning other users that the software was illegal, and its use would result in further action.

"The illegal use of Remote Access Trojans is a significant cybercrime threat, demanding this kind of strong, co-ordinated response from international to local UK level," said Andy Archibald, deputy director of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit.

"Suspected users of Rats are continuing to find that, despite having no physical contact or interaction with their victims, they can still be identified, tracked down and arrested by the NCA and its partners."

An investigation by BBC Radio 5 live in June last year looked into the growing problem of Ratting.

One victim, student Rachel Hyndman, told the station: "I was sitting in the bath, trying to relax, and suddenly someone potentially has access to me in this incredibly private moment and it's horrifying.

"To have it happen to you without your consent is horribly violating."

The investigation uncovered websites where hackers share pictures and videos of their victims.

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Cant say i totally agree with the hackers did , but it was of the bad reasons, spying on people using rats its very illegal, most countries have laws that govern the privacy of person. as such spying on them without their consent is invasion of privacy, we even have that law in Ghana.

Its always safe to do right hacks , but the question, what are the right(legal) hacks? not sure

Does buying your own devices and making hacks to benefit myself be called illegal? not sure

like buying my own computer, modem, sim card and hacking to access the internet for free be called illegal? not sure

Does buying my own decoder, dish or other equipment that enable me to access free television (DSTV) be called illegal? not sure

Does using a betting system created by the betting companies themselves to win bets be called illegal? not sure

How about Ratting (Remote Access Trojans (Rats) known computers or servers that allow free access be called illegal? not sure

The questions are endless, since there is thin line between right and wrong, truth and lies, its always difficult to know what hacks could be termed as legal. We live to see..

spying and stealing from someones computer or device will definitely get you arrested .........


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