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Do criminals use networking sites like Orkut and LinkedIn?

Dave, this is a weird question, but I was talking to my Mom about LinkedIn, Orkut and Ryze when she got a funny look on her face and said "I bet criminals use these sites to buy and sell illegal stuff"? I laughed at the time, but now I'm wondering...

I would never have thought about this and I still have a niggling suspicion that your Mom might be watching too much of the The Sopranos or something, but it turns out she's spot on!

This entire story passed me by a few months ago, but according to the BBC World Service drug dealers were busted for using Orkut to sell drugs.

It's an amazing story, actually. Apparently, over half the seven million Orkut members are...