Facebook said it filed a lawsuit today against two Android app developers from Asia for orchestrating a “click injection fraud” scheme against Facebook ads.
The two app developers are LionMobi, based in Hong Kong, and JediMobi, based in Singapore. Facebook said the two companies created apps with malware-like features and made them available via the official Google Play Store.
Both LionMobi and JediMobi apps were using Facebook ads to monetize their apps. Once real users installed the apps on their phones, malicious code hidden inside the apps would generate fake user clicks on Facebook ads.
These fake clicks would give the Facebook advertising platform the false impression that real users had clicked on the ads.