Facebook investigates unsolicited porn and violent videos after users’ complaints

One of the leading social network website, Facebook, has decided to take action against unsolicited and violent images and videos, which appeared on users’ newsfeed in recent days. Facebook
says protecting users from malicious contents is their top priority they are investigating the matter and will come up with solutions.

The social network received some complaints from the users about some pornographic malicious images and videos that appeared in their newsfeed without their subscription. Facebook took
notice of these reports and now they are investigating about the source. They are not sure yet who was behind the such posts and with what motive behind it.

Speaking to Reuters, Facebook spokesperson, Andrew Noyes said, “We experienced a coordinated spam attack that exploited a browser vulnerability. Our efforts have drastically limited the
damage caused by this attack, and we are now in the process of investigating to identify those responsible.”

Noyes also explained that Facebook users were tricked into pasting and executing some malicious javascript in their browser URL bar, which led to them unknowingly sharing the content.
Now, Facebook engineers are working to reduce this browser vulnerability so that the users couldn’t be tricked again.

Senior threat researcher at Trend Micro Inc, Paul Ferguson, added that Facebook and other Web 2.0 sites can easily be targeted for such unsolicited attacks because they pull in a lot of
content from outside sources.

Ferguson also told, “It seems every other day there is some new Facebook ‘threat,’ but this is just the new reality of Web 2.0 and social networking. It is ‘low-hanging fruit’ for criminals.”

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