Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/20/interpol_chief_impersonated/

Interpol chief impersonated on Facebook

Scammers seek fugitive data

By Dan Goodin

Posted in Security, 20th September 2010 19:37 GMT

Scammers recently created two bogus Facebook accounts in the name of Interpol chief Ronald K. Noble in an attempt to obtain information about ongoing criminal investigations, the head of the international organization has revealed.

“Just recently INTERPOL’s Information Security Incident Response Team discovered two Facebook profiles attempting to assume my identity as INTERPOL’s Secretary General,” Noble told attendees of the First Interpol Information Security Conference last week, according to prepared comments (PDF). “One of the impersonators was using this profile to try to obtain information on fugitives targeted during our recent Operation Infra Red. This Operation was bringing investigators from 29 member countries at the INTERPOL General Secretariat to exchange information on international fugitives and lead to more than 130 arrests in 32 countries.”

Noble, who was speaking in Hong Kong on Wednesday, didn't provide further details.

Social networking sites like Facebook are fertile territory for scammers because they can establish accounts in the name of just about anyone with little or no verification by the website. People who follow these accounts often take no steps to check whether an account is maintained by the person, and even when they do, there's only so much one can do to be sure. ®