The malware was also created to detect whether computer users typed words associated with pornography, allowing Durachinsky to watch and listen to them without their knowledge, the indictment said. He allegedly saved millions of images and often kept detailed notes of what he witnessed.
According to Forbes, which reported the indictment earlier, Durachinsky was arrested in January of a year ago and has been in custody ever since. Thousands of Macs were infected, prosecutors said.
Fruitfly targeted both Windows PCs and Apple Mac computers.
Six months later, Forbes reported that Patrick Wardle, a former National Security Agency analyst and now a researcher specializing in Mac malware, found a new version of Fruitfly, decrypted the names of several backup domains hardcoded into the malware and found the addresses remained available.
According to the filing, the malware ended up on computers owned by individuals, companies, schools, a police department, local, state and federal government entities, and perhaps most alarmingly, a computer owned by a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Energy, which is responsible for the safe handling of nuclear materials and the maintenance of the nation's nuclear arsenal.
The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the indictment of Phillip R. Durachinsky, 28, of North Royalton, Ohio.
The Ohio hacker faces up to 20 years in prison.
In July 2017, Wardle presented his findings at the Def Con security conference in Las Vegas.
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What Fruitfly proved was that Mac software was no more secure than any other operating system and it could be knocked over by a 15 year old. FruitFly would alert him when the victim was searching for pornography.
He's also accused of taking screenshots, logging keystrokes and recording audio/video via the victim machines' webcams and microphones.
Phillip Durachinsky has been charged with allegedly creating and installing computer malware called Fruitfly that let him spy on and record victims.
Durachinsky also been charged with using minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct.
They further allege Durachinsky listened in on private communications in addition to producing child pornography over a five-year period.
To store the information and obscure the activity, Fruitfly needed bandwidth and storage.
"Defendant used certain Fruitfly victims' computer networks to access sufficient bandwidth to allow the Fruitfly malware to infected protected computers", not only in OH but worldwide, the indictment reads.