So you love sharing updates on where you’ve been and what you had eaten for lunch on Facebook? Apparently, this social network is capable of so much more – in the right hands, of course. Apparently, word has it that Facebook has assisted the FBI to bust cybercriminals who allegedly were responsible for up to $850 million in losses. This international criminal ring infected 11 million computers worldwide and as a result, caused one of the largest cybercrime hauls in the history of mankind.
10 people were arrested, where they had computers infected with “Yahos” malicious software, where they then proceeded to steal credit card, bank and other kinds of personal information in order to achieve their nefarious ends. The 10 people nabbed were from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and this effort was made possible after numerous search warrants and a raft of interviews were conducted. I guess Facebook has its role to play, as their security team assisted the FBI after “Yahos” targeted their users between 2010 and October this year.
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