Its been reported that criminals stole the facebook identity of Interpol head Ronald K.Noble and used it to obtain information on an operation by the International Police Agency.
Last month, at the inaugural of Interpol Information Security Conference in Hong Kong, secretary general Noble revealed that criminals had set up two accounts impersonating him on the networking website during this summer’s high-profile global dragnet, “Operation Infra-Red”.
The fraud was discovered only recently by Interpol’s Security Incident Response Team.
Noble told delegates “One of the impersonators was using this profile to obtain information on fugitives targeted during our recent Operation Infra-Red”.
Operation Infra-Red, which took place between May and July 2010, was a global, Interpol-led operation to crack down on named criminal fugitives accused of murder, pedophilia, fraud, corruption, drug trafficking and money laundering, who had fled national jurisdictions. The operation led to 130 arrests.
Noble is not believed to have had a professional profile on facebook although his organisation does.
Although facebook itself wasn’t compromised in any way, the example cited by the Interpol head hinges on the ease with which the criminals were able to forge his identity without challenge. This is a problem both facebook and twitter have been grappling with.