Facebook sues four Vietnamese nationals for hijacking accounts


Facebook has filed a lawsuit against four Vietnamese citizens suspected of hijacking multiple accounts of ad and marketing agencies in order to advertise for millions of dollars. According to Facebook, victims of the foursome installed a rogue app from the Google Play Store called "Ad Manager for Facebook".


The rogue app, which has since been removed from the Play Store by Google, asked users for their Facebook login details and other information. With this data, the suspects were able to log into the respective accounts and thus carry out unauthorized advertising campaigns. Facebook says the four advertised for more than $36 million on the social networking site.


In some cases, these ads promoted other scams. Facebook has reimbursed the affected advertising and marketing companies and helped secure their accounts. It is the second time the tech company has sued individuals for account hijacking. The first time was at the end of 2019.

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