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US man charged over 15-year spying campaign

From BBC - January 11, 2018

An American man has been charged with allegedly spying on thousands of people via their computers for more than a decade.

The US Justice department accused Philip Durachinsky of creating malware to infiltrate victims' computers.

During the campaign, Mr Durachinsky is alleged to have stolen data and secretly recorded images and audio.

He has been charged with breaking US laws on fraud, computer abuse and identity theft.

In addition, because some of the victims were minors, he has also been charged with producing child pornography. In total, Mr Durachinsky faces 16 separate charges.

'Schools hacked'

"Durachinsky is alleged to have utilised his sophisticated cyber-skills with ill intent, compromising numerous systems and individual computers," said FBI special agent Stephen Anthony, who led the investigation.

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