#CyberFLASH: 15 Quebec homes raided, PCs seized in Blackshades spyware crackdown

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Law enforcement officials in 16 counties, including Canada, have launched a global crackdown to seize computers installed with Blackshades, a spyware designed to secretly watch users through webcams, to crash websites and to steal passwords.

A two-day international police blitz last week led to at least 80 arrests (but none in Canada), searches of 359 homes and the seizure of more than 1,000 devices — including laptops, routers, cellphones and USB sticks — according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency.

In one case, an 18-year-old Dutch man used the remote access tool (RAT) to spy on more than 2,000 women and girls through webcams, Europol said.

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