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Ukrainian Quizzes to Access Private Data, Facebook Says

A pair of Ukrainian hackers used seemingly innocuous online quizzes and surveys, with titles like "What do your eye color say about you?", To gain access to private Facebook user data and to target users with "unauthorized" advertisements, the social media company says The alleged hackers improperly used a Facebook feature that helped them take control of users 'internet browsers and gave them access to private information about Facebook users and their private friends' lists, Facebook alleged in a lawsuit filed in Northern California on Friday Working out of Kiev, Ukraine, Andrey Gorbachov and Gleb Sluchevsky allegedly lured Facebook users to connect their accounts to a range of online quiz apps with names like, "Do you have royal blood?", "You are yin. Who is your yang? ”And“ What are your signs according to your zodiac sign? ” They are connected to Facebook and other social media accounts Facebook offers a range of services that allow users to use their Facebook accounts to login to other services, including dating and music apps. The amount of information Facebook shares about their users with third-party apps like these has come under intense scrutiny over the past 1 2 months. Last March, it emerged as a developer working on Cambridge Analytica, a controversial data firm that went on to work for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign has collected data on millions of American Facebook users without their explicit knowledge. The developer had used an online quiz app that connected to Facebook to gather the…

A pair of Ukrainian hackers used seemingly innocuous online quizzes and surveys, with titles like “What do your eye color say about you?”, To gain access to private Facebook user data and to target users with “unauthorized” advertisements, the social media company says

The alleged hackers improperly used a Facebook feature that helped them take control of users ‘internet browsers and gave them access to private information about Facebook users and their private friends’ lists, Facebook alleged in a lawsuit filed in Northern California on Friday

Working out of Kiev, Ukraine, Andrey Gorbachov and Gleb Sluchevsky allegedly lured Facebook users to connect their accounts to a range of online quiz apps with names like, “Do you have royal blood?”, “You are yin. Who is your yang? ”And“ What are your signs according to your zodiac sign? ”

They are connected to Facebook and other social media accounts

Facebook offers a range of services that allow users to use their Facebook accounts to login to other services, including dating and music apps.

The amount of information Facebook shares about their users with third-party apps like these has come under intense scrutiny over the past 1

2 months.

Last March, it emerged as a developer working on Cambridge Analytica, a controversial data firm that went on to work for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has collected data on millions of American Facebook users without their explicit knowledge. The developer had used an online quiz app that connected to Facebook to gather the data.

More than 60,000 internet browsers used by Facebook users had been compromised, it said.

“Friday, Facebook filed a complaint against two developers based in the Ukraine for violations of our policies and other US laws by operating malicious browser extensions designed to scrap Facebook and other social networking sites. By filing the complaint, we have to reinforce that kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated on our services, and we will act forcefully to protect the integrity of our platform, ”a company spokesperson said.

The alleged hackers accessed Facebook users ‘information, including their name, age range, and profile picture, and also accessed their private list of Facebook friends. The users used browsers to “inject unauthorized advertisements” when users visited Facebook and other social media sites, Facebook said.

Gorbachov and Sluchevsky worked for the company called the Web Sun Group. CNN reached out to the group but has not received comment.

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

The operation was discovered in October 2018 and Facebook suspended all hackers, who said they were operating under false names on the platform. The company also said it informed other companies, including the makers of internet browsers, that the defendants used for the alleged scam.

The Daily Beast was first to report the details of the public court filings on Friday.

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