Facebook Porn Virus Litters People's News Feeds

By Sam Gibbs on at

Looks like that risqué Justin Bieber image your friend posted, wasn't really their handy work. A 'virus' has been wrecking havoc on Facebook, posting porn, photoshopped celebrities, violent and abusive pictures, all through a browser vulnerability.

The 'coordinated spam attack' has been raging for over 24-hours now, although Facebook has insisted it could have been a lot worse. User-error seems to be to blame as Facebookers were apparently being tricked into copying and pasting malicious javascript into their address bars. Facebook is shutting down offending Pages and accounts while it's attempting to educate those affected:

"We have also been putting those affected through educational checkpoints so they know how to protect themselves," Facebook said.

Although you might have seen porn in your news stream, hopefully you're smart enough not to cut and paste code from dubious sources into your URL bar. It's all fun and games until a Bieber gets abused. [Sophos, PCMag]