National Crime Agency
Voyeur hacked webcams to spy on victims
A cyber criminal who used malicious computer software to spy on people through their webcams has been added to the sex offenders register for seven years and has been given a 40 week suspended sentence.
Stefan Rigo, 33, of Leeds was arrested on November 2014 as part of an international operation targeting users of software designed to remotely take over, control and steal information from computers.
Rigo used his ex-girlfriend’s details to pay for and download the Blackshades malware, a tool which gives the user complete control over target computers, wherever they are in the world. The software can turn victims’ webcams on and off, access banking or other personal information, download new and potentially illegal content, and instruct the victim’s computer to help commit acts of criminality such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
A forensic examination of Rigo’s computer equipment found a series of images that involved people engaged in sexual acts over Skype or in front of their computers. Under interview Rigo admitted using functions of Blackshades that enabled him to control others’ webcams and monitor their desktops, enabling him to obtain passwords and email content.
On 16 September 2015, Rigo attended Leeds Magistrates Court and was found guilty of voyeurism offences. During his trial he admitted to being addicted to monitoring people via their computers, spending 5 to 12 hours a day doing so over a three year period. He also pled guilty to Computer Misuse Act offences.
He was sentenced to a 40 week suspended sentence, seven years on the sex offenders register, 200 hours of unpaid work and the forfeiture of all his computer equipment at Leeds Magistrates Court on 7 October.
Angela McKenna, senior investigating officer for the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, said:
“People using malicious tools like Blackshades can massively violate the privacy of their victims, and use compromised computers to facilitate further crime.
“Users of these tools are continuing to find that despite having no physical contact or interaction with their victims, they can still be identified, tracked down and brought to justice by the NCA and its partners.”
To help reduce the risk to individuals and businesses from malicious RAT use, the NCA continues to urge everybody to avoid clicking on unknown links, or files sent from unidentified or suspicious sources. Further guidance can be found at www.cyberstreetwise.com and www.getsafeoline.org
Latest News from
National Crime Agency
Jailed: Paedophile who sought out jobs where he’d have access to children18/10/2021 10:20:00
A man who sexually assaulted young children and was actively seeking opportunities to offend again has been jailed for 12 and-a-half years after a National Crime Agency investigation.
Cash forfeiture order success for National Crime Agency15/10/2021 11:15:00
Suspected criminal cash totalling almost €560,000 will be returned to the public purse after the National Crime Agency secured a forfeiture order following a smuggling attempt by a Dutch man.
Operation Venetic: Two men arrested in investigation linked to the recovery of £1.6m in cash13/10/2021 16:05:00
National Crime Agency officers have arrested two men as part of a drugs and money laundering investigation which led to the seizure of more than £1.6m last year.
UPDATE CHARGES: Criminal passport supply gang smashed in early morning NCA raids13/10/2021 09:15:00
A man arrested by the National Crime Agency recently (11 October 2021) in connection with the supply of fraudulent passports to some of the UK’s most notorious organised criminals has been charged.
Third man arrested in Scotland over ‘cocaine coach’ intercepted in Dover12/10/2021 16:15:00
A 45-year-old man has been arrested by National Crime Agency officers as part of an investigation into the attempted importation of almost a quarter of a tonne of cocaine in a bus in September 2020.
Operation Venetic: Leeds man wanted by the NCA arrested in Spain12/10/2021 11:15:00
A man wanted by the NCA for his suspected links to firearms and drug supply in the North West has been arrested in Spain.
Operation Captura – fugitive wanted in Scotland arrested in the Netherlands11/10/2021 13:33:00
A man listed on the National Crime Agency’s ‘most wanted’ list has been arrested in the Netherlands.
Gang leader who bragged of smuggling more than 100 women into UK jailed for 10 years11/10/2021 11:15:00
A gang leader who boasted of smuggling dozens of women into the UK using HGVs and small boats has been jailed for 10 years.