Feeds

Mafia don suspect tracked down via Facebook

Capo gets poked and cuffed

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Italian police successfully used Facebook to track down a Mafia suspect.

Pasquale Manfredi, 33, who reportedly calls himself Scarface and allegedly runs the 'Ndrangheta mafia, was captured in Calabria using intelligence gleaned from the social networking site. Manfredi, who used the alias Georgie on Facebook, is suspected of using social networking to exchange coded instructions and stay in contact with other mobsters.

Manfredi, who was caught despite attempting to flee across the roof of an apartment building, faces charges of murder and drug trafficking, the BBC reports.

The father of two is blamed for organising the murder of alleged rivals Carmine Arena, in a bazooka strike in October 2004, and Pasquale Tripaldi a year later.

Italian police managed to track down Manfredi to an apartment in Isola Capo Rizzuto near Crotone in southern Italy using electronic surveillance equipment. They had received a tip-off that the alleged gang-land boss was a fan of social networking. Police are investigating whether any of his 200 Facebook "friends" are involved in la Cosa Nostra, the Sun adds.

A clip from police video taken at Manfredi's hideout can be found here. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed
Vendors and ISPs have work to do updating firmware - if it's possible to fix this
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.