Facebook Helps Crime Fighters Take Down Botnet Criminal Gang

The gang, with members in the U.S., U.K., Macedonia, New Zealand, Croatia and Bosnia and Hertzegovina, were responsible for an $850 million crime spree.

Facebook Helps Crime Fighters Take Down Botnet Criminal Gang

Facebook, along with a little help from the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies, has busted a cyber-crime ring that used botnets to steal $850 million. The two-year scam, which infected 11 million computer systems, targeted Facebook users in order to steal credit card, bank account and other personal information from them. Ten people were arrested yesterday around the world–in the U.K., U.S., New Zealand, Peru, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia–in connection with the crime. Facebook is thought to have helped pinpoint where the attacks were coming from, as well as identifying the victims who had been targeted.

The news came on the same day that hackers dumped data, including 1.6 million log-in details, from attacks on NASA, the FBI, the ESA, and a whole host of other government agencies. The Ghost Shell hacktivist group claimed that the attacks were part of its #ProjectWhiteFox campaign for freedom of information.

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