Interpol chief's identity stolen on Facebook

Sep 17, 2010
Interpol head Ronald K. Noble, seen here in March. Noble has told how crirminals stole his Facebook identity and used it to obtain information on an operation by the international police agency.

Criminals stole the Facebook identity of Interpol head Ronald K. Noble and used it to obtain information on an operation by the international police agency, Noble has said.

"Just recently Interpol's Information Security Incident Response Team discovered two 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."

The operation brought together investigators from 29 member countries to target criminals on the run from justice for crimes including murder, paedophilia, and , Interpol's website said.

It led to more than 130 arrests, Noble said.

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

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

Explore further: Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Distributed security

Jun 15, 2009

Could an entirely new approach to online security, based on distributed sanctions, help prevent cybercrime, fraud and identity theft? A report in the International Journal of Intercultural Information Management suggests it cou ...

Recommended for you

Google made failed bid for Spotify

10 hours ago

Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Thieves got into 1,000 StubHub accounts

11 hours ago

(AP)—Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said.

Putin signs law seen as crimping social media

22 hours ago

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a law requiring Internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centres in Russia, a move which could chill criticism on foreign social networking ...

User comments : 0