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Facebook sues two Ukrainian Facebook’s hackers

The men from Kyiv lured the users into installing the malicious browser extensions
14:47, 9 March 2019

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Facebook sued the two Ukrainian hackers, who with the help of installing malicious browser extensions exfiltrated their profile data and friends lists. The Daily Beast reports this.

"Facebook is suing the Kiev-based entrepreneurs for alleged violations of Californian and federal anti-hacking law, as well as fraud and breach of Facebook’s terms of service", the report said.

Related: Ukraine and Facebook discuss security measures during elections
 

According to the report, Andrey Gorbachov and Gleb Sluchevsky used online quizzes for installing malicious browser extensions. They kind of overlayed their own advertisements onto Facebook’s news feed, when the users visited their profiles from other browsers. Such method possibly was used in order to work friends’ names into the ad copy, repeating the form of many Facebook ads.

Related: Security Service exposes Kyiv citizen who administered anti-Ukrainian groups in Facebook, Twitter

The men from Kyiv worked under nicknames such as Olena Stelma, Amanda Pitt and Ihor Kolomiyets. Their scheme had been working till October 2018.

Facebook claims that this scheme is oriented on the Russian users. The fight against this scheme brought over $75,000 damages to the company.

Related: Facebook vows to curb outside electoral ads ahead of Ukraine vote

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