Ah, the irony… Facebook is suing Ukrainian quiz-makers for stealing user data with malware plugins
March 11, 2019

Or is it the very thought that someone other than they themselves could steal user data at whim? Facebook has sued two Ukrainian men for allegedly using quiz apps to scrape Facebook users’ private data and inject advertisements into their News Feeds. 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. The two men allegedly operated four web apps including Supertest and FQuiz which mostly targeting Russian and Ukrainian users.

The web apps used Facebook’s login feature, promising to collect only limited information. However, they would then direct users to install web browser extensions that gave the hackers access to users’ Facebook (and other social media) accounts.

Of course, this takes us back to the massive data breach on Facebook last year, to which Facebook had responded by saying that users “effectively compromised their own browsers” by installing extensions.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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