Facebook has sued the makers of many online quizzes posted to their site, saying these tests acted as a ploy to hack tens of thousands of accounts.
These quizzes asked broad questions like ‘Do you have royal blood?’, ‘What is the color of your aura?’ or ‘What animal are you?’
In a recently-filed lawsuit, Facebook claimed two Ukranian developers created the quizzes to gain access to private data without users’ 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 the lawsuit, Facebook claimed the hackers could access things like users’ names, ages, photos and their private list of Facebook friends.
Facebook also accused the alleged hackers of targeting users with unauthorized advertisements and even fraudulently posing as victims online.
Experts recommend doing a quick online search of any game, article or quiz before clicking the link on social media.
Social media users said they were surprised to learn about the allegations.
“What color are your eyes? What could that say about you? Or I bet we can tell where you grew up based on the snacks you ate,” said Noah Queen. “Some stuff you would type in, and it would be completely off the wall, like saying you grew up in Montana, but you grew up in Florida.”
If you’re concerned that you may have used Facebook to log into a malicious app, review the Apps and Websites section of your account settings. There you can see all the apps that have access to your account and can remove anything suspicious.