Ukrainian hackers used quizzes to leak over 60K Facebook users' data

Ukrainian hackers used quizzes to leak over 60K Facebook users' data

Ukrainian hackers used quizzes to leak over 60K Facebook users' data

Social network Facebook has filed a lawsuit against two Ukrainians for violation of US laws on combating hacking, as well as for fraud and violation of the terms of service of the social network. Among the data stole were a user's name, age range, and profile picture, along with their friends' list. According to Daily Beast reports last Friday, the popular social media giant accused the hackers of violating the federal and California anti-hacking laws with their shameless act.

The social network giant has been at the center of a firestorm for almost two years after it was discovered that Cambridge Analytica obtained user data for 2016 election meddling.

To check to see what apps Facebook sends your information to, log in to your Facebook account and click "Apps and Websites" under settings. "In fact, Defendants knew that the applications were created to scrape the app users' public profiles on Facebook and other social networking sites, and to prompt users to install malicious extensions for the objective of manipulating the users' browsers and collect the users' private and non-publicly viewable lists of friends when the app user visited the Facebook site".

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If this scenario sounds in any way familiar that's because Cambridge Analytica came under fire for similar practices in 2018 when it was discovered the company accessed tens of millions of Facebook user profiles after quizzes were taken by unsuspecting users.

The complaint also says Sluchevsky and Gorbachov "caused Facebook to suffer irreparable reputational harm", which would tally with the scandal those private message sales caused - despite Facebook saying they weren't its fault.

They have caused Facebook a damage for the sum more than $75,000.

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From the implications of the lawsuit, Facebook may have allowed these hackers into their network by approving them as developers.

If a user then followed through and installed the malicious browser extension, the extension would gain access to the user's Facebook page.

About 63,000 Facebook users are believed to be have installed the browser extensions. Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an essay about privacy and said he wants to focus on encrypted messaging on Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The defendant may not face serious consequences, but it will give Facebook the leverage to defend itself.

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