Kentucky author of the hacking tool LuminosityLink RAT pleaded guilty for creating and distributing the malware on the Dark Web.
The LuminosityLink RAT malware used by thousands of threat actors to get unauthorized access to tens of thousands of devices across 78 countries worldwide. SC Magazine reported.
Federal prosecutors indicted 21-year-old Colton Ray Grubbs of Stanford, Kentucky of conspiring with others to market and distribute the LuminosityLink malware for $40 as an affordable hacking option to more than 8,600 customers, according to Europol.
Grubbs began selling the hacking malware in May 2015 under the pseudonym “KFC Watermelon” and had amassed its immense customer base by mid-2017 when speculations of his arrest began surfacing when that handle stopped responding to customer support queries on the hacking forum where his product was sold, according to court documents.
Initially Grubbs plead not guilty to his computer intrusion charges, arguing that he wasn’t responsible for how customers used his products until prosecutors presented Skype logs of one of his associates routinely instructing users on how to use the LuminosityLink RAT malware to compromise remote computers.
In the plea agreement, Grubbs admitted to conspiring to make and sell LuminosityLink, and to knowingly assisting customers in using his software to break into computers.
Grubbs facing up to 25 years in federal prison and $750,000 in fines.