The Fall of Facebook, is it in the near future? Cyber Attack places pornographic images in users newsfeed
Facebook admits to cyber attack that deluged users in vile porn and horror images – but says it is ‘working to improve its systems’
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER and ROB WAUGH
Last updated at 5:15 PM on 16th November 2011
Users ‘tricked’ by Facebook’s sharing system into posting code in their browsers
Attack was ‘purely malicious’ say security experts
Images included doctored pictures of stars such as Justin Bieber
The news feeds of thousands of Facebook users were flooded with violent and pornographic photographs after an attack by hackers, a spokewoman for the social networking site confirmed.
Thousands of users around the world were confronted with the videos and images – some of which were doctored to show pornographic pictures of celebrities including teen star Justin Bieber.
‘This seems to be a purely malicious act,’ said security company Sophos. ‘Facebook has a reputation for maintaining a reasonably family friendly environment and most Facebook users don’t expect dead dogs and penises showing up on their wall.’
Facebook was deluged in pornographic spam featuring stars such as Justin Bieber
Problem pages: Facebook, founded by mark Zuckerberg has been attacked by a virus which places hardcore porn and violent imagery into users’ newsfeeds
Users were tricked into pasting malware into their browsers, which in turn resulted in the sharing of offensive content, she said.
The attack exploited vulnerabilities in browser software, not Facebook itself – which made it difficult for the site to respond to the flood of spam.
Facebook’s own ‘anything-goes’ approach to sharing led users to think they were safe to post computer script into their browsers.
Facebook now says the attack is ‘under control’.
‘Recently, we experienced a spam attack that exploited a browser vulnerability. Our team responded quickly and we have eliminated most of the spam caused by this attack.’
‘We are now working to improve our systems to better defend against similar attacks in the future.’
The spokeswoman said that no user data or accounts were compromised during the cyber attack.
She said that users should never copy and paste ‘unknown code’ into an address bar, to always use an up-to-date browser and to report any suspicious content.
The virus has forced many to close down their Facebook accounts
There has been suggestions that Anonymous is behind the attack, but no one has come forward to claim it.
They created a Twitter account and uploaded a YouTube video, saying: ‘If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy.’
This new torrent of imagery has lead to many users deactivating their accounts to stop family and friends being subjected to the graphic imagery.
A Facebook spokesperson said: ‘Protecting the people who use Facebook from spam and malicious content is a top priority for us and we are always working to improve our systems to isolate and remove material that violates our terms.’
I would like to say Facebook didn’t deserve it, but if you read precious posts you would know my feelings on Facebook, fuck FB!!
Facebook has been trying to ruin relationships for quite sometime and one of their recent updates tells friends of each others comments.
For example: John and Jane are dating. John posts a comment on Sally’s page and Facebook will put in Jane’s newsfeed: John commented on Sally’s page, or commented on Sally’s photo. Multiply that by a few friends and all of a sudden Jane is calling John screaming: Why are you commenting on all these girls pages! In reality it was totally harmless.
Hackers are targeting Facebook and predicting their downfall! That’s more exciting then the end of the world in 2012 lol
What will businesses do after the fall of Facebook? If you have been watching tv lately almost every company adds like us on Facebook or view our Facebook page. It’s sickening!!
After the fall of Facebook:
Will it be like the ending of Surrogates? People will awaken to a whole new world. People will have a whole much more time on their hands and might actually call each other instead of texting.
Here’s to the death of fb! Fuck you fb! I hope you die soon!
Pardon my French!
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Facebook goes public (sells stock) does this signify the end is coming? Today the stock fell 17%, can it be? Will you all be saved from wasting your time and divulging personal details to the world?
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