A cyber criminal hijacked computers to spy on people having sex through their webcams, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
Stefan Rigo, 33, from Leeds, used malware called Blackshades to give him control over strangers’ cameras and spent five to 12 hours a day watching what they were doing in front of their computers.
The NCA said he was addicted to monitoring his victims, some of whom he knew and some who were complete strangers.
Rigo was given a 40-week suspended prison sentence, placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work by magistrates in Leeds after he admitted voyeurism at a previous hearing, the agency confirmed.
A spokesman said Rigo was arrested in November last year as part of an international operation targeting users of software designed to remotely take over, control and steal information from computers.
He said the defendant