Man Arrested for Using Trojan, Webcam to Spy on Teen

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A 45-year-old Cyprus man has been arrested for allegedly using a Trojanhorse to control a teenage girl's computer and use her own webcam to spyon her in her bedroom.

According to police reports, the man, who has not been named, is acomputer technician based in Nicosia, the country's capital. Police say the man tookcompromising pictures of the 17-year-old girl and threatened to send thepictures to her email contacts unless she stood naked in front of thewebcam, according to reports from Sophos Inc., an anti-virus andanti-spam company with U.S. headquarters in Lynnfield, Mass.

The Trojan that had infected the girl's PC was reportedly sent as anemail attachment.

''The last 12 months have seen a dramatic rise in the number of newviruses, worms and Trojan horses designed to spy on innocent users,whether it be via their webcam, intercepting emails, or monitoringkey-presses to grab banking passwords,'' says Graham Cluley, seniortechnology consultant for Sophos. ''Sophos's labs analyze approximately15 new pieces of malware, which include this kind of sinister payload,every day, compared to five a day a year ago.

''As well as Trojans being used for financial gain, this latest case hashighlighted a worrying trend of voyeurism,'' he adds. ''Everyone needs tobe extremely careful about their computer security to ensure they do notfall victim to an Internet blackmailer or peeping tom.''

In February, according to Sophos, a computer science student was fined by a Spanish court for a similar offense.


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