A suspended man has been sentenced to life in prison for hacking into cameras and CCTV to spy on people inside their homes. The cybercrime committed by the British John Wood were revealed in 2018, as part of a joint investigation conducted by the British police and the FBI of USA about its creator LuminosityLink malware, Colton Grubbs.
Off-the-shelf malware could be secretly spread on an operating system computer Windows, violate the device webcam and transmit shots back to the intruder. The hackers could also use LuminosityLink to record keystrokes and trap an infected computer in a botnet.
In 2018, Grubbs admitted to designing and selling LuminosityLink malware to more than 6.000 customers for $ 39,99 per piece, despite knowing that many of its customers were using it to spy on unsuspecting victims without their consent. .
Britain's Wood has pleaded guilty to two counts of computer abuse and six counts of voyeurism at Swindon Crown Court. The 42-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison. His lawyer told the court that Wood had been diagnosed with mental health problems.
According to the newspaper Swindon Advertiser, Wood bought LuminosityLink malware in 2015, but the court found no evidence that he used it. However, Wood used a CCTV management product called Blue Iris, to invade cameras and spy on unsuspecting people.
Between 2011 and 2016, Wood made over 1.400 illegal recordings video, most of whom showed people having sex at home, according to the newspaper. He also set up secret cameras inside and outside his home to capture women.
Wood did not stop his illegal activities while on vacation. According to the court, he set up hidden cameras in the cottages and the resort Bognor Regis Butlins, recording videos with more than 167 victims.
Judge Peter Crabtree noted that Wood was involved in a systematic crackdown campaign voyeurism for at least six years. While the creator of LuminosityLink was sentenced to 30 months in prison in the United States and required to pay $ 725.000.000, Wood was registered as a sex offender, and was required to complete 100 hours of community service and attend a special 30-day detox program.