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Facebook removes 120 cybercrime groups with 300,000 members

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Some 120 closed cybercrime and scam groups were identified on Facebook by security journalist Brian Krebs in just two hours of research on April 12. Although Facebook deleted them hours after they were reported, research would likely turn up more groups, as few even bother to hide their schemes and most promote them openly.

“We investigated these groups as soon as we were aware of the report, and once we confirmed that they violated our Community Standards, we disabled them and removed the group admins,” saidPete Voss, Facebook’s communications director. “We encourage our community to report anything they see that they don’t think should be in Facebook, so we can take swift action.”

The deleted groups had an average of 300,000 members communicating in English, but there might be tons of other groups in more languages, Krebs believes. Illegal activity appears to be flourishing on the platform as the groups handled activity such as spamming, wire fraud, account takeovers,...(continued)

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