The co-creator of the $40 Blackshades Remote Access Tool (RAT) pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of distributing malware that federal authorities said infected half a million computers globally.
At his scheduled May sentencing hearing in New York Federal court, Alex Yücel, 24, faces a maximum seven-year prison term (PDF). He is the fourth US defendant connected to the scheme whose victims include Miss Teen USA, who was the target of a high-profile peeping Tom attack that secretly snapped nude images while she was dressing in her bedroom.
According to federal prosecutors, who explained RATing:
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