Feeds

Facebook says it's winning against Justin Bieber smut onslaught

Scrubs punters' walls clean of bogus celeb porn

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Facebook said it is well on the way to cleaning up a noxious slurry of porn and pictures of dead animals left by a spam campaign that targeted users' walls this week.

The attack - which resulted in punters being greeted by an avalanche of photoshopped pornographic images of Justin Bieber - involved tricking users into pasting rogue JavaScript code into their browsers.

As previously reported, Facebook described the mechanism of the attack as a self-inflicted XSS vulnerability. The social network says it managed to eliminate most of the rogue status updates by Wednesday lunchtime.

In a statement, Facebook said:

We've built enforcement mechanisms to quickly shut down the malicious Pages and accounts that attempt to exploit it. We have also been putting those affected through educational checkpoints so they know how to protect themselves.

Initially it was suspected a purported member of Anonymous, who threatened to unleash a Koobface-style worm against the site, might be behind the attack. This theory has now been binned, and it now seems that cyber-crooks are behind the attack, which is likely to be financially motivated, possibly through means of driving traffic to dodgy shopping sites.

The attack is particularly unpleasant because Facebook tries to maintain a family-friendly environment for its teenage and adult users. Children under 13 are not allowed to open accounts.

The site is reportedly putting in place systems to prevent similar attacks in future. Security experts warns that other popular websites might be hit by similar outbreaks in future.

"The flaw being exploited could likely be used against other sites as well if users can be tricked into pasting malicious javascript into the browser," Chester Wisniewski, a senior security advisor at Sophos warned. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks
Like condoms, data now comes in big and HUGE sizes
Linux Foundation lights a fire under storage devs with new conference
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts
Samba implementation? Time to get some devs on the job
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?