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Reasons Behind Facebook Porn Attack Explained

You should know about the P0rn attack that spread through your Facebook newsfeed. P0rnographic images and videos were spreading through newsfeed. It appeared as your friend posted it, but the interesting part is that, your friend didn’t even know what happened when you ask him.

There is no details on who was behind this attack. Anyway many people think the hacking activists group Anonymous did it. Now Facebook identifies that this spam attack was the result of a browser vulnerability. It was not done by Anonymous. The people behind this attack worked out a self XSS attack through a browser vulnerability. XSS is otherwise known as Cross Site Scripting. This is a security hazard that enabled hackers and crackers to interfere with browser logic by inserting their own logic and thus creating a vulnerability.

A java script code will be executed in your browser, that is capable of taking full control of the website you’re accessing. In this case, this turned out to be Facebook. The traditional copy-paste-js trick worked here too.

When the user pastes the JS code into his browser’s address bar, the java script is injected and this JavaScript will start controlling your Facebook account with all the privileges. And the worst thing is that, people will mistake that it is you who is posting these porn content over their newsfeeds.

Most probably, the scammers hid the “like” button behind an image, such as a YouTube Video Image  with a playing button. Users clicked this ‘disguised’ danger to light the fire to a sequence of unhealthy posts over their friend’s walls.

Facebook team is working hard to fix this vulnerability the soonest, and till then Facebook users should take care, not to click any untrusted links, or images, or videos, even if it is posted by your best friend. Because if you do, you are risking your account and moreover social image.

This is a guest post from Amal Murali.

Article written by Amal Murali

A 17 year old, passionate blogger from Kerala who loves to write on Blogging, Social Media, Wordpress, Hacking etc. He is currently pursuing his plus one courses at St. George HSS. He is blogging at AcitveNerds.com. Catch me on Facebook and Twitter .

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Rohit Batra Reply

    I think you missed that this attack was mainly started by Phillipines users who started posting this obscene images then XSS were placed in Like buttons & also some Facebook Apps that caused it to spread on a large scale..

    Nice Share Amal

  2. Kamlesh Reply

    According to it is done by fake user which creates fake account on fb and spamming the Facebook and dusturbing other user.

  3. aadith Reply

    It was a big failure from facebook side!!

  4. Josh Reply

    Who would have ever thought that porn could cause some people harm xD

  5. karan Reply

    :O Always think twice before clicking on any spammy video or when liking a spammy page. Lesson learned. I saw people complaining about such things but it didn’t happen to me atleast. Also it looked to stupid to be done by someone like anonymous:D

  6. camping Checklist Reply

    Nice article, i recently know about facebook hacking

  7. Lewis Newton Reply

    I have been reading some of your posts and must say that this one is particularly useful for newbies as well as for veteran commenter.

  8. antodoms Reply

    @amal murali… Nice share bro…. But this could have been avoided if people were cautious and were not keen to know or watch other’s porn… it was like catching the fish using fake fish baits…. 😛 lol…. !!

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