Facebook Quizzes Could Be Why Your Account Gets Hacked

Facebook Ukrainian hackers used online quizzes to access private user data

Once a user logged in using their Facebook account, the alleged offenders were able to direct their targets to install malicious browser extensions, which were able to scrape profile data, including publicly visible information and a person's friends list.

From what the company wrote, apart from compromising their details on Facebook, the users also compromised their web browsers.

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 lawsuit comes as Facebook faces its biggest test yet amid increasing calls from lawmakers to regulate or break up the company. "Who is your yang?" and "What kind of dog are you according to your zodiac sign?"

On how these men could access user's accounts, the complaint stated that they trickily caused the victims to install browser extensions infected with malware.

"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.

Whether Facebook can expect any success from the suit is up in the air, given it can't compel Gorbachov or Sluchevsky to come to the U.S. to face trial. This amount according to the civil complaint was what Facebook spent in removing the malicious plugins from its website a year ago. That makes this case substantially different from the better-known Cambridge Analytica scandal, which hinged entirely on Facebook giving developers broad access to data.

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

The lawsuit accuses the pair of fraud and breach of contract and seeks monetary damages and a restraining order against the alleged hackers and their associates.

Facebook now sues the hackers, who operated from the Ukrainian capital Kiev, for illegal hacking, fraud and violating the terms of service of the social medium. But the suits give Facebook a chance to defend itself against charges of being lax with privacy and security, explaining how users have been victimized by hackers - not the platform itself.

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