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Interpol chief's Facebook identity misused

Interpol chief Ron Noble has said his identity was used on the online social network Facebook by criminals who tried to get details of an operation launched by the international police agency against a global crime nexus.

world Updated: Sep 19, 2010 15:14 IST

Interpol chief Ron Noble has said his identity was used on the online social network Facebook by criminals who tried to get details of an operation launched by the international police agency against a global crime nexus.

"Interpol's information security incident response team discovered two Facebook profiles attempting to assume my identity as Interpol's secretary general," Noble was quoted as saying by The Independent.

"One of the impersonators was using this profile to obtain information on fugitives targeted during one of our recent operations," he said.

The Operation Infra Red was carried out with the help of investigators from 29 countries to target criminals on the run for crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and money laundering. It led to more than 130 arrests, Noble said.

He did not say what actions, if any, were taken against those behind the identity theft.