November 16, 2011
Facebook Says It Has Stopped Most Of The Pornographic Spam
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it has stopped most of the spam that has found its way onto the social network.
The company urged its users to remain vigilant to keep their accounts from being hijacked by spammers.
The latest statement comes after many users have complained about pornographic and violent images being posted on the social network.
Internet security firm Sophos said on Monday that the images have "flooded" the social network over the past 24 hours.
Some reports say that hacktivist group Anonymous may be behind the pornographic images. The group said that it had intentions to take Facebook out for a variety of reasons on November 5.
Facebook said no user accounts were targeted during these attacks. It also said users should never cut and paste any unknown code into a browser's address bar.
"Our team responded quickly and we have eliminated most of the spam caused by this attack," Facebook said in a statement. "We are now working to improve our systems to better defend against similar attacks in the future."
The company said it scans links against security databases and blocks those known to lead to spam. However, spammers get around those protections by tricking users into posting harmful links.
The company said less than 5 percent of its users experience spam on any given day.
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