Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Facebook Data Leaked! Ukrainian Hackers Facing Charges for Using Malware Plugins

Facebook sues two Ukrainians who allegedly used quizzes to steal user data for ads Facebook. Reuters
Katie Ramirez | 14 March, 2019, 02:15

Facebook's lawsuit against Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov alleged that the two were engaged in a long-term scheme affecting some 63,000 Facebook users' browsers. This extension then lifted data ranging from names and profile pictures to private lists of friends, photos, relationship status, and even email addresses and phone numbers.

On Friday, March 8 the social media company Facebook, filed the lawsuit and alleged that the Kiev-based entrepreneurs violated Californian and federal anti-hacking laws.

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.

The company has written that while installing the extension, AP users have reached an agreement with their own browser. "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".

Facebook notes that it publicly announced the compromise around October 31st, which roughly matches the date of a BBC report revealing the private message breach, quoting Facebook blaming malicious browser extensions. The quizzes used the Facebook Login feature, which allows people to consent to connections between third party apps and their profiles. Last year, the BBC questioned whether Facebook had been proactive enough in addressing the malicious plugins.

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Also, Facebook stated that the act had caused them serious reputational damage.

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

"Facebook was vulnerable to very similar types of attacks, which simply means that Facebook is really good for targeting particular users with advertising, so it makes the platform so valuable", Dan Patterson, senior producer at CNET, told CBSN.

Speaking about the breach and the future of the social networking site, the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg outlined the company's plans to be more privacy-conscious. In both cases, the defendants are overseas and seem unlikely to suffer serious consequences.

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