Facebook Lawsuit Details How Alleged Hackers Used Quizzes to Steal Data
14 March, 2019, 02:12 | Author: Sammy Rose
The company was granted access to people's information when they downloaded and installed a browser extension the quiz claimed was necessary to see the result.
The two men, Andrey Gorbachov, and Gleb Sluchevsky are located in Kiev, Ukraine.
"Friday, Facebook filed a complaint against two developers based in the Ukraine for violations of our policies and other U.S. laws by operating malicious browser extensions created to scrape Facebook and other social networking sites".
About 63,000 Facebook users are believed to be have installed the browser extensions. Sluchevsky and Gorbachov allegedly operated four web apps including "Supertest" and "FQuiz", mostly targeting Russian and Ukrainian users.
Facebook's inability to secure user data is being highlighted once again, this time after it was determined that several Ukrainian hackers managed to distribute online quizzes which provided them with access to user data.
Between 2017 and 2018, they enticed users to install malicious browser plugins promising horoscopes or "character and popularity" tests, apparently infecting around 63,000 Facebook users' browsers.
Facebook is also said to be seeking other financial relief for its investigation into the defendants and restitution of any funds that the two received through the scheme.
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To check to see what apps Facebook sends your information to, log in to your Facebook account and click "Apps and Websites" under settings.
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The company has sued both the hackers, who are affiliated with a technology company called Web Sun Group, for fraud and breach of Facebook's terms of service.
Facebook recalled that it announced that some user's accounts had been compromised on October 31st, 2018.
The report comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has emphasised the importance of personal messaging apps. We can recall that the BBC had questioned their measures in handling such unauthorized breach. Also, the hackers claimed of having scraped data from 120 million accounts on Facebook.
The scheme seemingly wouldn't have worked, however, if Facebook hadn't approved the hackers as developers who could use its Facebook Login feature. According to him, people should have the confidence to live their lives freely and peak privately without fear of being compromised.
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