Facebook Porn and Gore Exploit Spiraling Out Of Control

Facebook Porn and Gore Exploit Spiraling Out Of Control

Summary: For the past few days an exploit has been hijacking Facebook users accounts and posting explicit gore and pornography to users' timelines.

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Facebook users' outrage is mounting toward the social network for an exploit that is currently turning unsuspecting users' newsfeeds into unstoppable torrents of hardcore pornography and gory, violent pictures.

UPDATE: Facebook now claims to have closed its browser exploit and cleaned up the spam. Facebook had confirmed the problem November 15th and assented that the gore-porn-linkspam exploit is a coordinated attack and their engineers were "working on the self-XSS vulnerability in the browser." If your account has been compromised try this tutorial to fix it. /Update

It started a few days ago, and right now is becoming an out of control exploit that has users angry and disgusted, while seemingly mocking Facebook's notorious conservative content controls.

Earlier today the Christian Post published an outraged and disgusted item saying that Facebook had become a pit for violent and pornographic photos - and as it turns out, they were among the first to detail an exploit that is turning Facebook into the graphic horror of 4Chan/b.

A linkspam virus with the usual bait - Kim Kardashian, etc. - is luring users into clicking media-rich links, now more available thanks to Facebook's recent timeline upgrades. Once clicked, their feeds become vectors for images containing hardcore sex, extreme violence, gore and death.

Many people are pointing fingers at Anonymous, but no claim has been made for the attack.

Anon is more than a whipping post for this one; a while back Anonymous announced intentions to take Facebook out for a variety of reasons, with a November 5 attack of some kind in the works, and rumors of a "Guy Fawkes virus" - none of which have been confirmed via usual routes (such as Anon press releases).

No matter who is behind it, the Facebook attack is extreme, and spiraling out of control.

On Twitter, Facebook users are venting no small amount of disgust - not necessarily at the porn, but most certainly at the bashed-in heads of corpses, photos of dead babies and animals, and yes, the overlarge penises and graphic scenes of penetration that have flooded streams.

The style of images is very much along the lines of 4Chan/b, which is where the genesis of Anonymous occurred.

For many it is too much, and users are avoiding the site and facing down the chore of deactivating their accounts to prevent assaulting friends, family and coworkers with unwanted imagery.

According to realtime search on Twitter, the Christian Post and now Gawker, the gore-porn virus has been gathering steam for the past few days.

Having your feed hijacked with gross stuff is no walk in the park, though some of us are less troubled by adult imagery than others. Facebook itself is known for being far more prudish than most of its users. That's worth nothing when looking at the overall attack.

Meaning, while I tire of Facebook's hypocrisies around adult content, it is quite a comment to see an exploit enacted with a bizarrely clever slap at the one thing Facebook is such an extreme hypocrite about.

The content of the imagery in its context was obviously well considered. In this, if intentional, this seems to me a much more direct attack on Facebook - the company - rather than an attack on its users.

So if you see your boss, your granny, or Sarah Palin posting hardcore porn or dead kittens on Facebook - you can blame it on the exploit. For now.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Security

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  • Anon didn't do it

    May I point out that this was not Anon, if you were to visit 4chan now, you would discover that it experienced a DDoS attack; which, of course, took down every board on 4chan, which includes /b/. Anon wouldn't be able to arrange something, especially since the board has been down for a few days. Also, these guys who are on /b/ are lazy, and they would post videos on youtube and promote it beforehand.
    notanon
  • "some of us are less troubled by adult imagery than others"

    An understated summation of the moral malaise across the "west" if ever I read one... Being shy of rampant promiscuity and not wanting intimacy reduced to vapid lustful consumption is not a bad thing - except in the hedonistic "anything goes, especially if it denigrates & titillates" 21st century. Reminder: freedom does not equal license, and where license abounds, decay & collapse follow (as we see occurring now in spades). Sex is not dirty: its just not designed to be abused the way those who are "less troubled by adult imagery" are happy to do.
    IslandBoy_77
  • Facebook "hypocrisy"?

    I would like to know exactly why the author thinks Facebook is "hypocritcal" about adult content - just because the author wants to see it and Facebook doesn't allow it? I don't want to see it on there, and I'd guess most of it's active users don't want it either; so neither does Facebook's owners. It's as simple as that--no hypocrisy at all.

    If anyone has a problem with this, take your fetishes to an alternative venue (I'm sure there's plenty) and leave the rest of us alone. Thank you.
    martin.g21
  • "That's worth nothing"

    I'm trying to parse this sentence. It could make sense, looked at a little sideways, but I think it's more likely you meant to say "That's worth noting".

    TRiG.
    Timothy (TRiG)
  • Something extraordinary

    Just post some of the articles regarding this http://www.mumbaiescortbabes.com/
    Sameera Verma
  • Effor to remove facebook porn

    Guys, we all know that pornographic content exsits on facebook. In other words we can say facebook is becoming porn site.

    To support me point see – http://motherwiselife.org/2013/03/11/an-open-letter-to-facebook/

    The concern is what are we doing about this? We all know facebook is not doing anything about this but atleast we should try and do what we can do.

    I did two things as of now:

    1. Make a complain against Facebook on bbb.org (Better Business Bureau)

    - Facebook must respond to complaints made here to keep their good rating so they will answers any question you have.
    – You can make complains and list the URL or link that you think is pornographic image/page/video
    – After facebook receive link your you, they have to delete it or it will go to media…

    We call all make this effort and at least remove the page that we think is porn.

    2. Go to http://www.facebook.com/help/contact/274459462613911

    - Select “Other abuse or harrassment.”
    - Select “No”
    - Enter the links that you think are porn
    – Write what ever you think facebook should do about this in the “Description” tab

    We are anti-porn community might be able to get ride of all the porn content on facebook. All we need to do it make complaint about the link (it should take about 5 mins) and spread the word!

    If you think doing this will give your some satisfaction that you are helping somebody then LET’s DO THIS!
    cloudyelectron1@...