Criminals pose as Interpol boss on Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Ronald Noble, the Secretary General of Interpol, has described cybercrime as “one of the most dangerous criminal threats ever” in a speech he gave last week at a conference in Hong Kong.

In the speech (which can be downloaded as a PDF from Interpol’s website), Noble spoke of how he hoped the web would evolve from the pretty-much anonymous model we have today, to a system where a “verified name service” would be created, helping build greater confidence that we are talking to who we think we’re talking to.

And it seems that Ronald Noble has a very personal reason for wanting better identity authentication on the net, as he revealed that Interpol’s Information Security Incident Response Team had discovered two fake Facebook profiles, posing as Interpol’s Secretary General:

According to Noble, “one of the impersonators was…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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