Facebook is suing a developer for allegedly participating in a data collection campaign and stealing the personal information of thousands of people, according to court documents, according tomedia. The company is seeking $75,000 in damages from the defendants in the lawsuit. The social networking company said Thursday it is suing Mohammad Zaghar and its website Massroot8, accusing the site of obtaining data from Facebook users without permission.
The act is alleged to be a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The lawsuit, filed in The Northern District of California, says Zaghar’s website provides customers with the ability to obtain data from Facebook friends, including phone numbers, gender, date of birth and email addresses.
All of this data is publicly published by Facebook users, but the automation provided by Zaghar is said to be able to access it faster and on a larger scale. Facebook also accused Zaghar of using botnets to bypass Facebook’s detection by masquerading as An Android device that uses the social network.
Zaghar did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
Facebook said about 5,500 people signed up for the service from April 23 to May 6. In addition to the data collected from the 5,500 customers’ friends on Facebook, Massroot8 also asked its customers to provide login credentials, the indictment said.
Facebook said it had issued several orders to stop Zaghar, and temporarily blocked his Facebook and Instagram accounts and asked its customers to change their passwords for security reasons.