Once the victims’ computers were infected, the malware would attempt to spread itself further in the form of poisoned instant messages.
With his malware in place, Mijanos is said to have been able to hack email accounts, search the PCs for sexually explicit and intimate images and videos of the women, and even pose as their boyfriends asking them to make pornographic videos.
The danger of people using a ‘work’ computer for non-approved use such as P2P file-sharing and instant messaging chat are well documented.
Companies should deploy application control technology to set a strict policy as to which programs, such as chat and P2P clients, can be used by their employees.
At least 44 of the victims are said to be juveniles.