Facebook sues programmer who stole data of 178 mil users via Messenger - SoyaCincau

A programmer used Facebook's now defunct contact import feature and fed it lots of phone numbers to scrape the data of 178 million users.

24/10/2021 5:59:00 PM

A programmer used Facebook's now defunct contact import feature and fed it lots of phone numbers to scrape the data of 178 million users.

A programmer used Facebook's now defunct contact import feature and fed it lots of phone numbers to scrape the data of 178 million users.

, the lawsuit was filed on October 21st in California.Solonchenko collected the data by exploiting Facebook Messenger’s contact import feature. Between January 2018 to September 2019, he used an automated tool to pose as Android devices and fed Facebook millions of telephone numbers. Facebook would then give

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Solonchenko data on which numbers had Facebook accounts. He also said that his parser did not work for all profiles, as it depended on each account’s publicity settings. Fortunately for us, Facebook discontinued thecontact import feature back in 2019, right after they found out what Solonchenko was doing.

Credit:FacebookOn December 1 2020, the programmer sold the data on RaidForums, a cybercrime forum he usually frequents under the usernames “Solomame” and “barak_obama”. According to Facebook, Solonchenko had already sold the data of millions to multiple companies beforehand. “Since 2020, Solonchenko has sold stolen or scraped data from Ukraine’s largest commercial bank, Ukraine’s largest private delivery service, and a French data analytics company,” Facebook detailed in the court documents. headtopics.com

In the lawsuit, Facebook asked for unspecified damages and forSolonchenko to be banned from using Facebook’s services.This incident is far from Facebook’s first privacy scandal. Read more: SoyaCincau »

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