Facebook sues data-mining quiz company

Doris Richards
March 14, 2019

However, once they installed the extensions, it redirected the user's friend's lists and profile data to the hackers' offshore servers. More than 60,000 internet browsers used by Facebook users had been compromised, it said.

Other social media networking sites were also targeted by the two developers, but the company didn't name the other sites in its civil complaint.

The quizzes, with titles such as "Who is your first, last, and the only love?" and "Who is your doppelganger from the past?", gained access to this information via the Facebook Login system - which enables connections between third-party apps and Facebook profiles. The quizzes often featured such headlines as: "What kind of dog are you according to your zodiac sign?", according to CNN.

It's been a roller coaster year for Facebook investors. This announcement made by the company came at the same time when a report on the BBC revealed that there had been a breach on people's private messages on the website. However, Facebook refused to give an immediate response as to whether Gleb Sulchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov were the culprits then. That makes this case substantially different from the better-known Cambridge Analytica scandal, which hinged entirely on Facebook giving developers broad access to data.


"As a result of installing the malicious extensions, the app users effectively compromised their own browsers because... the malicious extensions were created to scrape information and inject unauthorized advertisements when the app users visited Facebook or other social networking sites", Facebook wrote. The hackers used the obtained data to target Facebook's users with a malicious request to install a browser extension.

In a lawsuit filed by Facebook on Friday, Facebook has said that entrepreneurs living in Kiev have violated California and anti-hacking laws and will be prosecuted for violating Facebook's rules.

Facebook is accusing Sluchevsky and Gorbachov of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by accessing Facebook data without authorization, as well as fraud and breach of contract for misrepresenting themselves as legitimate Facebook developers. Facebook allegedly spent more than $75,000 investigating the breach, which "interfered with and undermined Facebook's relationship with its users".

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