Facebook Security Alert – Pornography/Violence Virus Spreading

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There’s a very nasty little infection spreading through Facebook…

No one yet knows if it’s a standard-issue click-jack attack (which we see all the time) or a server level attack by the group that promised to destroy Facebook 2 weeks ago.

It will cause the accounts of infected individuals to auto-publish extreme pornography, animal brutality and violence into your stream… right in front of your eyes (and potentially those of your children).

This does not appear to be the “usual” porn-auto-posting infection that has made the rounds before and is a lot less brutal.

At the moment the best you can do is treat it as a standard click-jack attack and remember that you should NEVER touch links that are suspicious (which is actually a lot more than the average person believes).

I would also use extreme care, if you SEE these photos in your stream, to not click them! (I hope that goes without saying, but I’m saying it.) Curious children could easily infect their own account.

Following those basic guidelines is still keeping most relatively safe but as we all know the general public doesn’t “get that”.

Facebook is aware of this and is actively trying to put a stop to it (this is not as easy as it sounds).

If you see an account (a friend) publishing this stuff, be sure you contact them directly, NOT as a reply to the infected post, and let them know they need to enable HTTPS for Facebook and to change their FB password.

Some additional information: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/11/15/facebook-hardcore-porn-violence-and-animal-abuse-images/

Here’s six signs a link on Facebook is Infected to help you get a “feel” for common red flags (most also apply to twitter etc).

Be safe! And please spread the word!

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PS: [FollowUp] It turns out that this was one of the types of hijackings we see that ask users to copy-paste a string of code into their browser bars. Generally this is to “get something cool”. Let me be clear here, with very few notable exceptions (one is the select all friends script), that is always HIGHLY dangerous. If you are ever asked to copy paste code stuff into your URL field, run away!

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  1. says

    The internet might be commonplace in billions of homes but it’s still like the wild west in places so nothing can be taken for granted lest you become ambushed or scalped. A timely warning in your post.

  2. says

    Wise tips from you as per usual! :)
    I feel you’ve qualified the chatter I heard yesterday on this very topic.
    It’s funny how you come to hear of these pesky hacks and viruses on Facebook… This one I heard about last night from my lovely friend Anna Davis in Brighton, England.

    Now Anna is amazing stained glass artist by day and a DJ some nights she’s not my usual go to source for Social Media news, however post it she did.

    “Where did you hear that from Lovely, it hasn’t reached my radar until now?” I asked. Anna replied that she’d heard it from the Baron… now he’s a music producer friend so like I say funny how word gets around sometimes

    I do though like to have a reliable confirmation source of such things so merci beaucoup to you! :)

  3. says

    It used to be so uncommon when something suspicious was posted, that I would automatically think it really was that person. But now it is becoming so common, that now I think the opposite…..that they have been attacked! Frustrating for those of us minding our own business. Those people have some definite problems!
    As always I thank you for keeping us abreast of what’s happening.

  4. says

    Hi Kim,
    What terrible subjects to use for such an awful sneaky thing. I don’t understand these people and their viruses. What is the point – they are and remain anonymous, they only bring destruction and how in the world can they be proud of that. Sorry for the rant. Thank you for the warning on FB. I’ll spread to all my friends.

  5. says

    Hi Kim
    Yes… noticed a couple of nasty pictures lately on my wall…. just reported them….
    not seen that kind of stuff getting into fb pictures before….

    always best to be safe…

    Best wishes


  6. says

    Thanks Kimberley. It’s great to have someone with a pulse on all things Facebook. I have to mention that you’re probably the go-to gal when I need to catch up on FB developments and tech. I wonder what these people have to gain by doing this. Surely there’s no money involved. Or is just malice, as you mentioned with the group wanting to nuke FB?

  7. says

    a number of different viruses and spams is growing day by day .And t’s a pity, of curse. I hope that Facebook developers will try to do something with these attacks and will protect it users somehow

  8. says

    Hey Kim,

    I haven’t noticed anything yet, (knock on wood) on my Facebook profile or news feed but I will definitely keep a look out for this.

    Thanks a lot for the heads up!


    • KimJCastleberry says

      Hey Kevin, I think that most of us in social marketer are seeing less of this because we’re smart about not clicking stuff. Sadly the general public is being duped badly. I think we just see a lower rate of most of these infections due to our education and that a higher percentage of those in our stream are also as educated. Lets hope you don’t ever stumble on em, a couple of them are yuck.

      • Ross Raifsnider says

        We currently have Mobisip. Our son indicates going through mobisip is slow vs. accessing the facebook app direct? I am trying to understand if I use mobisip for everything except the Facebook app am I exposed to giving him access to inappropriate sites? Does the Facebook app give him access to inappropriate sites?

        • says

          While I’m not intimately familiar with Mobisip, I was under the impression that the were simply a mobile phone SIP provider. That does not make them a proxy, security or protection tool.

  9. Annie says

    I got one of these the other day. Luckily I was online at the moment and deleted it from my wall immediately, because it was very ugly/offensive.

  10. says

    I’ve seen this kind of stuffs posted on walls of some of my friends. It’s pretty alarming to see this kind of wall post not only to the person who experienced to receive this post, but also to those who are connected with them too. Like what you’ve said, even children now know how to use internet. Moreover, there’s a high possibility for these children to have their own FB account so we need to be extra careful on that matter.

  11. Sharon Johnson says

    Thank You Kimberly
    I was not aware about all this stuff on face book , but I do have a friend who posts alerts, and I always wondered why she was posting them.
    This was very enlighting to me
    Again Thank You Great Information

  12. says

    OMG, I’ve been seeing a lot of inappropriate pics in Facebook lately, good thing I know better not to have anything to do with it. A lot of people have been complaining about seeing it too in a lot of their friends’ streams. It really pays NOT to click on suspicious links especially on those kinds of postings. Thanks for the alert, Kim!

  13. says

    I agree with you that in any case we shouldn’t follow links that we don’t know or open messages from suspicious people, because it all can lead to terrible damages and viruses….many viruses..

  14. mutuelle says

    Yes,It was only a rumor which had been repeated again & again, and gone viral so,the buzz continued…Thanks Kim for sharing

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