In 2013 two internet giants Google and Facebook were tricked by a Lithuanian man, who duped employees of these two companies into wiring over 100 million dollars to bank accounts that he controlled.
Both Google and Facebook have confirmed to 'Fortune' that they had allegedly been targeted by 48-year-old Evaldas Rimasauskas. He allegedly had bank accounts in Latvia, Cyprus, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary, and Hong Kong.
During the month of March, the US Department of Justice framed charges against Rimasauskas for wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft for which he is expected to get 20 years of prison.
He allegedly disguised as an Asian-based electronics manufacturer which both Facebook and Google did business with. Further, he is said to have forged email addresses, invoices, and corporate stamps of the Asian-based company to send phishing mails to employees of the victim companies.
There is no doubt that Google and Facebook, are among the largest Internet companies in the world with most sophisticated security systems. The case brings to light the fact that no company, big or small, is fully protected against phishing attacks by cyber criminal.