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 (DDo S) attacks.When the National Crime Agency (NCA) examined Rigo’s computer equipment they found a series of images that involved people engaged in sexual acts over Skype or in front of their computers.

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According to local media reports, Rigo had used an ex-girlfriend’s banking details to purchase the Blackshades malware – perhaps not the wisest choice for someone intending to avoid identification…

With the court taking Rigo’s guilty pleas counts of voyeurism and offences under the Computer Misuse Act earlier this year into account, the 34-year-old was given a 20 week suspended sentence and will be placed on the sexual offenders’ register for seven years.

According to one, there were more than 200,000 ransomware attacks in Australia in April-May alone this year.

According to another, there were more than one million instances of a single kind of ransomware (Crypto Locker) in Australia in October last year.

Angela Mc Kenna, senior investigating officer for the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, said: “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”.

For further information please visit the NCA website.

In September 2015, Rigo attended Leeds Magistrates Court and was found guilty of voyeurism 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.

It recorded about 4,000 reports of 'scams or fraud' cybercrime in a three-month period at the end of last year.