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Facebook has accused the Ukrainians of stealing user data

Ukrainians are suspected of "years-long hacking scheme"

Photo: The Verge

/NOVOSTIVL/ Facebook has sued two Ukrainian men for allegedly using quiz apps to scrape Facebook users’ private data and inject advertisements into their News Feeds. The lawsuit, filed Friday, accuses Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov of running a years-long hacking scheme. This article appeared in The Verge.

Between 2017 and 2018, they enticed users to install malicious browser plugins promising horoscopes or “character and popularity” tests, apparently infecting around 63,000 Facebook users’ browsers. Sluchevsky and Gorbachov allegedly operated four web apps including “Supertest” and “FQuiz,” mostly targeting Russian and Ukrainian users.

The complaint says these hackers scraped public profile information and non-publicly viewable lists of friends, in addition to serving their own ads instead of official Facebook-approved ones. Based on context, however, they might also be tied to the sale of 81,000 users’ private messages last year.

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.


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