Web Gang Operating in the Open

Posted in: Legal & Security at 17/01/2012 17:28

Five men believed to be responsible for spreading a notorious computer worm on Facebook and other social networks -- and pocketing several million dollars from online schemes -- are hiding in plain sight in St. Petersburg, Russia, according to investigators at Facebook and several independent computer security researchers.

The men live comfortable lives in St. Petersburg -- and have frolicked on luxury vacations in places like Monte Carlo, Bali and, earlier this month, Turkey, according to photographs posted on social network sites -- even though their identities have been known for years to Facebook, computer security investigators and law enforcement officials.

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Facebook Koobface worm 'hacker gang named'
Alleged cybercriminals behind an internet worm, which spread via Facebook and other social networks, have been named.

The suspected gang were tracked down to St Petersburg after an investigation by Facebook and cybersecurity researchers.

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