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Awesomely-Named Russian Koobface Gang Allegedly Responsible for Non-Awesome Facebook Virus


Investigators at Facebook and a number of independent computer security firms, including Sophos, allege that five-man Russian gang is responsible for a computer worm that has been plaguing social networks, including Facebook, since 2008. The ne’er-do-wells, who call themselves the Koobface gang (because why not), have been “living comfortably” and “in plain sight” in St. Petersburg, according to the New York Times.

The millions they’ve gleaned from online schemes has been spent on luxury trips to Monte Carlo, Bali, and Turkey (see aforementioned why not).

Facebook, however, plans to put an end to all that. Today, says the Times, the social network plans to begin sharing intel about the group and how to fight them. “It believes public namings can make it harder for such groups to operate and send a message to the criminal underground.” Read More