Social networks often feel the brunt end of attacks, but Facebook is fighting back with the help of U.S. law enforcement agencies.
With Facebook and the FBI working togthere, they were able to arrest ten people from various countries in connection with international cybercrime rings that targeted users on the social network.
The operation is said to have identified international cybercrime rings that used various variants of a malware called Yahos. The malware has infected more than 11 million computers and caused over $850 million in losses through a Butterfly botnet, which steals computer users’ credit card, bank account, and other personal identifiable information, the FBI said Tuesday.
The 10 persons arrested are from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the U.K., and the U.S.
Facebook’s security team assisted law enforcement agencies in the investigation by helping “to identify the root cause, the perpetrators, and those affected by the malware,” FBI said. Yahos targeted Facebook users from 2010 to October this year, and security systems were able to detect affected accounts and provide tools to remove these threats, FBI said.
Besides the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, law enforcement agencies from other countries were also involved in the operation.