Facebook burglary gang suspects arrested by police

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Police in Nashua, New Hampshire, have arrested a group of men suspected of being part of a burglary ring that targeted Facebook users who had reported they were away from home.

According to local news reports, between $100,000 to $200,000 of stolen property has been recovered so far after 50 homes in the city were burgled during the month of August.

Investigators believe that careless homeowners attracted criminal attention after posting on social networks that they would not be home at certain times.

Police arrested Mario Rojas, Leonardo Barroso and Victor Rodriguez in connection with the burglaries, and anticipate making more arrests.

Some victims had posted updates on social networking sites like Facebook telling the world that they were going on vacation, helping criminals determining that no-one would be present in the home.

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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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