Facebook shuts down Albania Pirate Group
By Digital News Asia November 14, 2012
- Facebook page belonging to the Albania Pirate Group was used to share stolen passwords
- Sophos urges users who stumble upon such Pages to report them to Facebook
SECURITY firm Sophos has reported that stolen passwords and banking data were being shared on a Facebook page belonging to the Albania Pirate Group.
The firm was contacted last week by a gentleman who works at a Yorkshire-based security company, after he had stumbled across the page.
The Facebook page boasted over 600 fans, and members of the Albania Pirate Group were sharing RDP (Windows Remote Desktop) logins, giving hackers unauthorized access to computer systems, and what appeared to be compromised banking details.
The potentially sensitive information was free for anyone to view, even if you hadn't "Liked" the page.
Sophos also noted that the Albania Pirate Group has a similar logo to the Kosova Hacker's Group, who breached servers belonging to the US National Weather Service last month.
The security firm contacted Facebook, and within the hour the social network's security team had closed down the page.
“Remember that pages and groups on Facebook are not pre-vetted, and anyone can create a page with ease and use it for illegal purposes. If you stumble across a Facebook page that you believe is involved in law-breaking or breaches the terms and conditions of the site, you should report it to Facebook,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.