Feeds

Google drugs ring smashed

Brazilians discover the power of social networking

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The next step in data security

Police have arrested 10 Brazilians on drug charges after monitoring their chatter on Google's Orkut site. Suspected dealers were arrested in Niteroi, Rio De Janeiro and Buzios, and are accused of distributing ecstacy and marijuana.

Around half of Orkut's users are Brazilian.

Reuters reports that the group were using Orkut to sell drugs. Perhaps using a system which harvests an enormous amount of personal data about its participants is not the wisest choice of distribution channel. Here, for example, a Google employee marvels at the data.

Professor Roger Clarke, a visiting professor at the Australian National University, last year warned users "to stay well clear" of such services for privacy reasons.

But watching garrulous internet users is a growing business for the spooks. The Federation of American Scientists reported that the NSA uses social network data to profile Iranian officials. Read about the potential drawbacks of this research here

Related stories

Online drug dealers face chokey
UK court jails dealers who sold cannabis online
Google catches Portalitis
Google sued over Orkut bug replication feature
Emergent cheese-sandwich detector enlisted in War on Terror
Big Brother nominated for Google Award
Avoid Friendster and its clones, warns security expert
Google revives discredited Microsoft privacy policy for Friendster clone

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.