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Blackshades Boss Pleads Not Guilty
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McDaveX
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McDaveX,
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6/3/2014 | 10:51:48 AM
More interested in what charges will really stand up in court
This is going to be an odd one.

Blackshades is, obviously, an abomination, and despite the protestations of some of the customers, I very much doubt there is any legitimate reason for a normal person to buy such a thing.

However, I can see the same arguments would apply to (for example) lockpicks, spy cameras and dozens of other items that have few if any legitimate uses - however, absent specific laws, they have yet to make selling such things illegal (even if possession may be in many places) and I have yet to see any claims that the defendent himself actually took part in any of the illegal activity.

Absent that, holding him for conspiracy (much less having him yanked from a foreign country to do so) may turn out to be an expensive mistake.
Sara Peters
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Sara Peters,
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6/2/2014 | 9:24:00 AM
Re: Verdict and Adaptation
@RyanSepe  I totally agree, Ryan. Someone else will pick up the mantle of Blackshades, or someone else in the biz will resurrect it or build another new user-friendly RAT. I'm glad that they had such a successful sting. Hopefully some of the charges will stick. But it's certainly not the end.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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5/30/2014 | 10:11:59 PM
Verdict and Adaptation
I will be interested to see the verdict for the owners of blackshades.

However, I believe it to be only a matter of time before this RAT source code is adapted and becomes more sophisticated. It will be renamed and will rear its ugly head once more. Malware many times seems to follow this trend, I can't see why such an easily usable software that provides all types of malicious capabilities wouldn't.


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