Here’s another story to tell wherein the Facebook helped the authority in catching a dangerous guy
Facebook has subtly helped the FBI in catching a child predator. It was reported that Facebook paid cybersecurity experts to create a hacking tool and then shared it to the FBI. The man has been hunted down ever since for using social media platforms in extorting, threatening, and harassing underage girls.
The notorious child offender is a 26-year-old guy named Buster Hernandez, who also pleaded guilty. He was accountable for 41 charges including production of child pornography, coercion and enticement of a minor, and threats to kill, kidnap and injure among others. He used a combination of private browsing tools, messaging apps, email, and Facebook to extort victims for nude pictures and videos and threaten them with rape and violence, according to Vice report.
The suspect was reportedly using Tail OS, an operating system that can hide a user’s identity. This type of OS has been widely used by other criminals and journalists who anonymize their identity online. This made it hard for the FBI and Facebook to track down the suspect for a long time. The chase then led Facebook turned to a third-party vendor and paid $100,000 to develop a “zero-day” for Tails.
According to Facebook, “The only acceptable outcome to us was Buster Hernandez facing accountability for his abuse of young girls. This was a unique case because he was using such sophisticated methods to hide his identity, that we took the extraordinary steps of working with security experts to help the FBI bring him to justice,”
The reigniting of an Issue
The incident reignited a debate between Tech companies and Law enforcement over how the tech companies should assist them in capturing criminals using their platform. However, some tech giants, including WhatsApp and Facebook, have raised the importance of protecting the user’s privacy. And there are some strong cases wherein they helped the authorities, including this case.