IRL Name: 
Michael Hogue

xVisceral is one of the guys who was arrested in a multi-state FBI sting targeting credit card fraud and other services that could facilitate carding activity. (International Cyber Crime Takedown 2012). According to a two-year FBI Undercover Carding Operation report, "he offered malware for sale, including remote access tools (RATs) that allowed the user to take over and remotely control the operations of an infected victim-computer. Hogue’s RAT, for example, enabled the user to turn on the web camera on victims’ computers to spy on them and to record every keystroke of the victim-computer’s user. If the victim visited a banking website and entered his or her user name and password, the key logging program could record that information, which could then be used to access the victim’s bank account. "


Hogue sold his RAT widely over the Internet, usually for $50 per copy and boasted that he had personally infected “50-100” computers with his RAT and that he’d sold it to others who had infected “thousands” of computers with malware.

Hogue’s RAT infected computers in the United States, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Poland, and possibly other countries.