‘Lover Spy’ malware creator is now on FBI’s most wanted list

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Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara has just made the FBI’s most wanted list of cybercriminals.

He was charged back in 2005 for creating and selling a malware program, which documented messages as well as keystrokes on infected computers.  Dubbed the ‘Lover Spy’, Carlos sold it on the premise that people could use it to monitor their spouses and significant others. It cost $89 and 1000 people reportedly bought it from Carlos before he was shut down, using it infect an estimated 2,000 computers.

After the indictment, Carlos fled his San Diego home and has remained wanted ever since. He has a $50,000 bounty on his head, though even the FBI admit to the difficulty in tracking someone who knows how to remain anonymous online. His last known location is San Salvador.

Whether the added pressure of being on FBI’s most wanted list will turn up any leads on the hacker or just alert him into remaining extra cautious right now, is something that will remain to be seen. What I want to know is, are all people who create commercial keyloggers (not malicious keyloggers) doing something illegal? That sounds… wrong. I suppose the FBI categorized Lover Spy as a malicious keylogger, since it was advertised to be used to spy on people without their knowledge.

[via BBC News, image via Mail.com]

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  • KMHamm

    The FBI wants him before the NSA can get to him and learn his methods… They want him REALLY badly because those NSA bullies are really rubbing their noses in it.

  • Tom

    [@Ashraf] Rubbish. How so?

  • JMJ

    I don’t know. This guy LOOKS terribly dangerous, doesn’t he? I mean, at 5′ – 9″ and 140 lbs., once a cheating spouse is discovered with his software, what’s to keep him from hiring himself out as a Poke-He-Man or Poke-She-Man and poking them in the eye with his bony fingers?

    Fact is, the F.B.I. only wants to find him in order to feed him a good meal and get him a decent haircut.

  • Ashraf

    [@Tom] National security. Duh.

  • Ashraf

    [@Mikerman] Most wanted list of cybercriminals.

  • Tom

    If this guy’s actions are “bad” … why are the actions of NSA tolerated.

  • Mikerman

    I must be missing something here–on the Most Wanted list?