A massive spam attack is wreaking havoc on Facebook users’ News Feeds.
ZDNET has covered the spamming for the last couple days and reports that the attack has flooded some feeds with graphic photographs, apparently distributed via hijacked accounts.
One Facebook user contacted The Huffington Post and reported that a friend’s account had inexplicably posted a disturbing image of an injured dog. “I know [my friend] would never publish something like this on his own,” the user wrote.
According to Sophos’ Naked Security blog, several different images are spamming feeds across the site.
The content, which includes explicit hardcore porn images, photoshopped photos of celebrities such as Justin Bieber in sexual situations, pictures of extreme violence and even a photograph of an abused dog, have been distributed via the site – seemingly without the knowledge of users.
Detailing how they are handling the attack, Facebook provided Mashable with the following statement:
Computerworld notes that some believe the browser exploit was written by members of hacker-activist collective Anonymous. Back in August, Anonymous was allegedly planning to attack Facebook on November 5, but that deadline came and went without incident; in addition, several individuals believed to be associated with Anonymous have denied involvement in the planning of a so-called “Operation Facebook”.
Has your Facebook account been compromised by a spam or clickjacking attack? Check out our list of helpful tips to find out how you can clean up your profile once it’s been compromised. If you’re curious about what kinds of Facebook scams to watch out for, check out our slideshow of the 9 most common Facebook scams (here).
If you fell victim to a phishing scheme or another hack attack, it’s likely that someone else has obtained your password and is using it to access your account. You’ll need to change your login credentials ASAP. Visit Facebook’s Account Settings to do this. Remember, don’t reuse passwords on different accounts and the more complex the password, the safer you’ll be.