Facebook helps nabbing 10 suspects over alleged involvement in '500m pound heist'
Ten individuals, including a British man have been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of being involved in a 500 million-pound heist and are alleged to be associated to several international cybercrime rings.
Acting on information from Facebook's security team, the FBI said the suspects from Britain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru and the United States were arrested in the operation.
They are suspected of having links to "Yahos", a piece of malicious software that can be used to take control of victims' computers and steal their banking and other login credentials. The FBI said criminals had created a "botnet" of 11 million remote-controlled computers, The Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, Facebook helped in identifying the perpetrators and those affected by the malware.
"Yahos targeted Facebook users from 2010 to October 2012, and security systems were able to detect affected accounts and provide tools to remove these threats," the FBI said.
"Facebook's security team provided assistance to law enforcement throughout the investigation by helping to identify the root cause, the perpetrators, and those affected by the malware," it added.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency cooperated with American investigators in pursuit of a British suspect, the paper said.
A spokesman for the agency said: "SOCA officers executed a search warrant at an address in Molesey, Surrey, on the morning of 11 December, following which a man was arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act. He was later bailed pending further inquiries."