Facebook sues Ukrainian man for scraping and selling 178m users’ data

Facebook tracked down the programmer after he mistakenly used his contact information on email and job portals.

On October 21, 2021, Facebook filed a lawsuit against a Ukrainian citizen for allegedly scraping information of 178 million users of the social network and selling the data on hacker forums.

Reportedly, the data scraping occurred between 2018 and 2019. Also called web scraping, data scraping refers to importing massive amounts of data from a website and storing it on a local device in a spreadsheet or document.

It is worth noting that in January 2021, Facebook also sued a Portuguese company for developing malicious Chrome extensions allowing data scraping. 

Is data scraping illegal?

Depending on its use web data scraping is an illegal technique in which a computer program (bots) extracts data from a website. 

Remember, third-party firms can use data scrapping, a fairly common practice to extract the personal information of users from websites like LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

This information can be accessed by cybercriminals in case proper security measures are not implemented. For instance, malicious elements can use ‘scraper bots’ to extract private information anonymously.

Who’s facing the lawsuit?

The lawsuit is filed against a freelance

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