Facebook Slammed by Massive Porn Attack

Graphic, violent images flood news feeds

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 15, 2011 12:26 PM CST

(Newser) Forbes has a warning for you: "You may not want to check Facebook at work today." Why? Because, as numerous outlets are reporting, your news feed may have been inundated with porn and disturbing images thanks to a huge spam attack. One tweet sums it up: "I saw a dead dog, Justin Bieber sucking a d***, and a naked grandma. Time to delete Facebook."

It appears users are unknowingly posting the images; most likely, the users in question clicked on malicious links. (Forbes offers an example: "Wow, I can’t believe you did this in this video. I LOLed.") There also appears to have been an increase in reports of spammy links like the above. Facebook confirms to ZDnet it is "aware of these reports" and "investigating the issue." So far, no one seems to know who or what is behind the attack, though some have blamed Anonymous.

The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.
The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)
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