Facebook security breach

Facebook files lawsuit, cracking down on fraudulent activity in China

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Facebook and Instagram filed a lawsuit late Friday in U.S. federal court against 4 companies and 3 people based in the People's Republic of China for the production and promotion of fake accounts, likes and followers on both platforms.

Details: The company's lawsuit also aims to prevent trademark infringement on its sites, and the use of Facebook branded domain names to operate on their websites — a practice called cyber squatting. Ultimately, the motivation for the suit is to stress that such fraudulent actions are unacceptable.

Go deeper: Facebook removes fake accounts linked to Russian news outlet Sputnik

Between the lines on Facebook's latest data breach

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Facebook continues to struggle with managing its existing products, even as it looks to invent ever more capable technology for the future.

The big picture: The company disclosed Friday that its recent breach may have affected somewhat fewer customers than originally announced (30 million vs. 50 million), but it turns out a great deal of information was taken, after all.

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