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Facebook Hit With Porn Spam Attack

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Facebook says a “coordinated spam attack” caused a series of pornographic and violent images to be posted to users’ accounts.

The images, posted on Monday, include explicit pictures of self-mutilation, violence, and bestiality. They also feature sexual images and doctored pictures of celebrities, such as Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

The Washington Post calls the incident “one of the worst security breaches” in Facebook’s history. It adds that the attacks raise concerns about the site’s vulnerability to hackers.

The Post reports that Facebook users were tricked into copying and pasting malicious code into their browser bars. Hackers then gained access to their profiles to post whatever they wanted onto users’ newsfeeds.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said that the company was investigating the attacks. "We are always working to improve our systems to isolate and remove material that violates our terms,” Noyes said in a statement. “Protecting the people who use Facebook from spam and malicious content is a top priority for us."

The Wall Street Journal quotes Graham Curley, a senior technology consultant for online security firm Sophos. He recommends that users “tighten their privacy settings, lock down as much as possible their friends' ability to tag them in posts and picture, and run up-to-date anti-virus software on their computers."