Facebook Aids FBI In Bringing Down International Cyber-Crime Ring

By David Cohen 

Facebook played a part in an operation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that resulted in 10 arrests related to an international cyber-criminal network that was believed to have infected some 11 million computers and caused more than $850 million in total losses.

Reuters reported that the FBI worked with several international law enforcement agencies and Facebook to bring down “Yahos,” which used the “Butterfly Botnet” to inflict computer users with malware between 2010 and this past October, enabling the group to steal credit card information, banking information, and other personal data.

Arrests were made in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the U.K., and the U.S., according to Reuters, which added that the FBI credited Facebook with helping it to identify the criminals and to detect affected accounts.

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