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Two detained for using hacked Facebook’s accounts for earnings from Google’s advertising services

Two detained for using hacked Facebook’s accounts for earnings from Google’s advertising services

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 15:00 GMT+7

Criminal Police Department of Hanoi on Monday arrested two young men residing in the capital city for using hacked Facebook’s accounts to post false information in order to collect money from online advertising services.

Colonel Le Hong Son, head of High-tech Crime Prevention Police Department (PC50) under the Hanoi Police Department, said the agency arrested Ngo Ba Son, 31, and Vu Van Bang, 26, for investigation for the act of posting or using unauthorized information on computer, telecommunications networks, and the Internet, Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper reported.

Son and Bang, who are from the northern provinces of Nam Dinh and Hoa Binh, respectively, are the two main suspects who spread a rumor of the death of a female freshman from the Faculty of Tourism Pedagogy under Hanoi University of Industry.

Accordingly, the post on the facebook account of Pham Anh Tuan on April 9 said Pham Tram Anh, a first year student of the university, was found dead and naked, already being raped, at the school’s dormitory.

According to police, this information has caused adversely psychological affect for the public and the students of Hanoi University of Industry.

Through verification, PC50 clarified that after hijacking the Facebook account of Pham Anh Tuan, 23, from the northern province of Ha Nam, Son and Bang used it to post the false information about the death of the first year student of the university on that date.

In addition, the investigators of PC50 also found that the two men have bought several hacked Facebook accounts, then created an account on the website in order to create hundreds of domains in the form of

Those domains were used to store false contents that Son and Bang  posted on hundreds of Facebook groups in order to earn money from the advertising services of Google, said the police.

They then posted hundreds of different contents, mostly unreal information about pornography, robbery, murder and rape cases, on those Facebook groups, each group having some thousands to tens of thousands of members, to draw the public’s attention so that many people would click on the links they had created.

When users clicked on those links, they will be redirected to other websites which wanted to raise the number of visitors.

As of April 23, Son and Bang had navigated around 2.5 million visits to various sites to illicitly earn some VND20 million (US$920).

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