There is no week in recent months in which Facebook is not splashed by a security scandal in terms of protecting the personal data of users of the social network. This news comes on Monday: the company has denounced two people of Ukrainian nationality for illegally obtaining information from users.
“The personal data of 63,000 Facebook users are at the mercy of two cyber criminals.”
The social network has accused Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachev of keeping the data of more than 63,000 users of the social network to use them for unlawful purposes for more than two years.
According to the lawsuit filed by the company, these developers had created external applications that installed malicious plugins in users’ browsers, which allowed them to access sensitive information from their Facebook profiles.
Among the apps developed were tools that allowed to know the horoscope of the users of the social network, as well as popular apps of the type: “What kind of modern vampire are you” or “Who of these famous characters was your ancestor”, as well as games that imitate the television competitions, which have gained much popularity in recent months after the success of HQ Trivia and the like. In this case, the malicious games developed by these citizens of Ukrainian nationality were called “Supertest” and “FQuiz”.
Most of the users whose personal data have been compromised had residence in Ukraine or Russia. The applications used the access credentials of the Facebook profiles of the users and accumulated the information thanks to the malicious plugin installed on the users’ computer. Thanks to this, they had access to all the information of their profiles, as well as to the list of their contacts in the social network.