Sunday, May 27, 2012

Facebook contributes to rise of ‘dumb’ crimes

Recent Facebook-related crimes are exposing a number of less-than-intelligent criminals who use the social networking service.

Such was the case of two men in Colombia who recently robbed an Internet cafe. They waited until the time was ripe, held the owner at gunpoint, took the cash and made a clean getaway on a motorcycle.

They did everything right except for one thing; forgetting to log out of a Facebook account that had detailed information about one of the culprits, allowing police to simply walk up to his door and arrest him.

Three years ago, an American named Jonathan Parker broke into a house to steal jewelry, and logged onto Facebook on a computer inside the house.

Naturally he was caught and convicted. Read More