"When people install these extensions in their browsers, they install a secret code designed to gather information from their Facebook site, as well as information from their browsers users not related to Facebook - all without their knowledgeSaid Jessica Romero, executive of the social networking platform.
Romero also said that when the users were visiting Facebook, malicious Chrome extensions were stolen information, such as name, user ID, gender, relationship status, age group and other account information.
Chrome extensions were created by company software called “Oink and Stuff“. This company specializes in creating Android applications and browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge.
The company has created a large number of browser extensions, but according to Facebook, the collection code data found in four extensions: Web for Instagram plus DM, Blue Messenger, Emoji keyboard and Green Messenger. Η platform social networking said that these extensions worked mostly like spyware. According to the clues, have more than 54.000 facilities in total.
The recent lawsuit is one of many that Facebook has filed against developers of applications and extensions. Since 2019, the legal department of the company has sued many Companies and individual developers for abusing its platform.
For example, in March 2019, Facebook sued two Ukrainian browser extension makers (Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov) for theft of user data.
In October of the same year, she sued him Israeli supplier, NSO Group, to develop and sell one WhatsApp zero-day used in May 2019 to attack lawyers, journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, diplomats and government officials.
In December 2019, Facebook filed a lawsuit against her ILikeAd and two Chinese nationals for using Facebook ads to defraud users into downloading malware.
In April 2020, the LeadCloak accused of providing software to cover misleading advertisements related to COVID-19, with medicines, diet pills and more.
In the summer of 2020, other companies were targeted by Facebook.
The most recent lawsuit, before yesterday, was in November 2020, when the platform sued a Turkish national for the operation of a network of at least 20 Instagram clone sites.
As of December 2019, Facebook has filed at least 11 lawsuits.