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Interpol Leader’s Facebook Account Compromised

September 17, 2010

Interpol head Ronald K. Noble said that criminals stole his Facebook identity and used it to obtain information on an operation by the international police agency.

“Just recently Interpol’s Information Security Incident Response Team discovered two Facebook profiles attempting to assume my identity as Interpol’s secretary general,” Noble told the first Interpol Information Security Conference in Hong Kong.

“One of the impersonators was using this profile to obtain information on fugitives targeted during our recent Operation Infra Red.”

Interpol’s website said the operation brought investigators from 29 member countries together to help target criminals on the run for crimes including murder, pedophilia, drug trafficking and money laundering.

Noble said the operation led to over 130 arrests.

“This is why we constantly need to share our experience,” he added at Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the conference.

According to the 2011 Norton Cybercrime Report, almost two thirds of all adult web users globally have fallen victim to some sort of cybercrime.

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