The apps predominantly targeted Russian and Ukrainian users and compromised around 63,000 browsers used by Facebook users, causing $75,000 in damages to Facebook, between 2016 and 2018. Both of these accused belong to the company named Web Sun Group.
The lawsuit comes as Facebook faces its biggest test yet amid increasing calls from lawmakers to regulate or break up the company.
Only then were victims able to get down to the really important matter of the day: what kind of dog they were according to their zodiac sign, and what their intellectual age was.More news: F1 awards points for fastest lap: what’s your take?
When users played a quiz, "malicious browser extensions" were installed on their phones, tablets and computers. 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. The extension then allowed the hackers to serve non-Facebook ads to FB users, according to The Verge. "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 goal 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". That's true, but it the extension wouldn't have been able to grab data if the developers hadn't been accepted by Facebook as registered developers, permitted to use Facebook Login.
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 USA to face trial.
Facebook filed a lawsuit against the hackers with details released in a Northern California court on Friday. This amount according to the civil complaint was what Facebook spent in removing the malicious plugins from its website a year ago.More news: Busch wins at Phoenix, closes in on milestone
The hackers, Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov, required users to download browser extensions to operate the quiz apps, which scraped data from Facebook pages and posted ads once they were loaded onto the browser.
From the implications of the lawsuit, Facebook may have allowed these hackers into their network by approving them as developers.
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