Google Facebook $100 million email scam found
The tech companies Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to a $100 million email scam. It was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against “two US-based internet companies.” Google Facebook $100 million email scam found
Evaldas Rimasauskas, a 48 years man, was accused of being behind the scam. From 2013 to 2015, he defraud the companies into transfering payments to an account managed by him.
When he was arrested Google and Facebook were not named as the victims, but 27 April, according to Fortune, an investigation company has confirmed the victims’ are none other than Google and Facebook.
The US Department of Justice said, “fraudulent phishing emails were sent to employees and agents of the victim companies, which regularly conducted multi-million dollar transactions with (the Asian) company.”
The cybercriminal has since been charged with one count of money wire fraud, three counts of money laundering and one count of aggravated identity theft by the US Department of Justice. He is also accused of forging invoices, contracts, and letters.
Back in March, acting attorney Joon Kim said “From half a world away, Evaldas Rimasauskas allegedly targeted multinational internet companies and tricked their agents and employees into wiring over $100 million to overseas bank accounts under his control.”
A spokesperson for Google said, “We detected this fraud against our vendor management team and promptly alerted the authorities. We recouped the funds and we’re pleased this matter is resolved.”
A spokeswoman for Facebook said: “Facebook recovered the bulk of the funds shortly after the incident and has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation.”
While Facebook and Google have not confirmed and mentioned the amount of money they have lost due to this miserable attack.
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