Russian authorities have detained a shadowy cybercriminal known only as “Paunch,” who is responsible for unleashing Blackhole, one of the most dangerous and pervasive malware suites in the history of the Internet.
The Blackhole kit, released in 2010, dominated the crimeware market throughout 2012 and the start of 2013, according to Fraser Howard, a researcher at the anti-virus company Sophos.
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The software targeted a range of vulnerabilities in the Java programming language, Adobe's Flash media player, Windows software and PDF files.