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Interpol Chief's Identity Spoofed On Facebook 64

An anonymous reader writes "Ronald Noble, Interpol's Secretary General, has revealed that cybercriminals have opened two fake Facebook accounts using his name and used them to gather sensitive information. 'One of the impersonators was using this profile to obtain information on fugitives targeted during our recent Operation Infra Red,' Noble said. 'This Operation was bringing investigators from 29 member countries at the Interpol General Secretariat to exchange information on international fugitives and lead to more than 130 arrests in 32 countries.'"
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Interpol Chief's Identity Spoofed On Facebook

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  • Only an idiot .... (Score:3, Informative)

    by yams ( 637038 ) on Wednesday September 22, 2010 @03:45AM (#33659626) Homepage Journal
    ... would use Facebook to provide police level information, even to someone they know. At the least, they should be using an SSL secured e-mail service, if not the Interpol website (which, I hope, is SSL secured).
  • Re:I don't get it (Score:5, Informative)

    by h4rm0ny ( 722443 ) on Wednesday September 22, 2010 @04:11AM (#33659716) Journal
    Apparently the whole summary is shit. According to the actual statement, someone attempted to impersonate him on Facebook and attempted to get information on the operation. There's nothing to indicate that anyone was stupid enough to actually fall for it. Of course they might have been, but there's nothing that backs up TFS's implication that this actually happened.
  • Re:Hmmm (Score:2, Informative)

    by muzip ( 1220080 ) on Wednesday September 22, 2010 @05:33AM (#33659944)
    You're right that having a name alone is not enough. In order to show that you are indeed yourself, you have to provide a picture, some real information about yourself, and add some real friends... A double edged sword here.

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