Facebook lawsuit claims some online quizzes were used to hack your account

This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Facebook has filed a lawsuit against makers of the number of Facebook quizzes, saying these tests acted as a ploy to hack tens of thousands of accounts.

The quizzes asked questions such as 'Do you have royal blood?', 'What is the color of your aura?' or 'What animal are you?', WDTN reported.

According to Facebook, the quizzes were created by two Ukrainian developers. The purpose of the quizzes was to gain access to private user data without user knowledge.

"In the meantime, this malicious malware browser extension is in the background scraping data and giving the information that the hackers want to be able to sell on the black market," said Matthew Tisdal, a senior network engineer for Pivotal IT in Spartanburg.

The lawsuit states that the quizzes obtained information such as names, ages, photos and the user's private list of Facebook friends.

Facebook also accused the alleged hackers of targeting users with unauthorized advertisements and claimed they even posed as users online.

Experts recommend searching online for any game, article or quiz before participating or sharing one on your news feed.

If you're concerned you may have used Facebook to log into a malicious app, you can review that in your settings options under "Apps and Websites."

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