(Image source: Fast Company)

BY JASMINE BAILEY AND NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

It’s believed to be one of the largest international crime rings in history. A botnet targeted Facebook users — with the take estimated at $850 million.

A botnet is a network of computers infected by a virus— allowing a high-tech criminal remote access. In this case, the hackers allegedly used Facebook to steal credit card, bank account and other personal information from users. ZDNet reports...

“ … the FBI found (some 11 million) machines were infected… from 2010-2012.”

10 suspects were arrested in connection with the cybercrime. And they hailed from at least six different countries. According to Forbes

“… it appears to have used a strain of malware known as ‘Yahos’ to assemble a collection of hijacked computers that the FBI has labeled the Butterfly Botnet, aimed at stealing banking details used for fraud.”

CNET adds — the FBI credited Facebook’s security team with helping take down the crime ring.

A writer for Fast Company notes the news came on the same day as that of another significant move by hacktivist group, Ghost Shell, and its #ProjectWhiteFox freedom-of-information campaign.

“… 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.”

Ten suspects had been arrested globally — from at least six different countries. Despite the elaborate feel of the scheme, the BBC says Facebook is no stranger to cybercrime, like phishing attacks, or …

“… attempts to trick users into divulging their personal details such as passwords or payment information. Computer security experts have warned users to be careful over how much personal information they share on the service, and to consider carefully their privacy settings.”

Facebook Botnet Crime Spree Busted

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Dec 12, 2012

Facebook Botnet Crime Spree Busted

(Image source: Fast Company)

BY JASMINE BAILEY AND NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

It’s believed to be one of the largest international crime rings in history. A botnet targeted Facebook users — with the take estimated at $850 million.

A botnet is a network of computers infected by a virus— allowing a high-tech criminal remote access. In this case, the hackers allegedly used Facebook to steal credit card, bank account and other personal information from users. ZDNet reports...

“ … the FBI found (some 11 million) machines were infected… from 2010-2012.”

10 suspects were arrested in connection with the cybercrime. And they hailed from at least six different countries. According to Forbes

“… it appears to have used a strain of malware known as ‘Yahos’ to assemble a collection of hijacked computers that the FBI has labeled the Butterfly Botnet, aimed at stealing banking details used for fraud.”

CNET adds — the FBI credited Facebook’s security team with helping take down the crime ring.

A writer for Fast Company notes the news came on the same day as that of another significant move by hacktivist group, Ghost Shell, and its #ProjectWhiteFox freedom-of-information campaign.

“… 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.”

Ten suspects had been arrested globally — from at least six different countries. Despite the elaborate feel of the scheme, the BBC says Facebook is no stranger to cybercrime, like phishing attacks, or …

“… attempts to trick users into divulging their personal details such as passwords or payment information. Computer security experts have warned users to be careful over how much personal information they share on the service, and to consider carefully their privacy settings.”

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