Facebook has filed a lawsuit against two Ukrainian men accused of creating fraudulent quiz applications that tricked users into installing malicious browser extensions. These extensions allegedly scraped information from users' social media pages and injected unapproved advertisements when users would visit various social networking sites, including Facebook.

As reported in The Verge, Facebook filed the suit on March 8 in Northern California court against Kiev, Ukraine residents Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov. In its filing, the social media giant says that from 2016-2018, the defendants used fake aliases to operate and distribute a series of quiz apps that were made publicly available for download via the web.

These four apps – called "Supertest," "FQuiz," Megatest" and "Pechenka" – allegedly encouraged users to download browser plug-ins that were secretly designed to steal names, genders, age ranges, profile pictures and private friend lists from numerous social media sites.

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