Facebook Hit By Major Coordinated Spam Attack

Users' newsfeeds filled with dead animals, pornography

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    Some users of the social media site Facebook found disturbing images in their news feeds, the result of a security breach. What you can do to avoid spam attacks. (Published Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011)

    According to Facebook a “coordinated spam attack” has pictures of hardcore porn, violent acts and even dead animals popping up in user news feeds. The social network is checking browser vulnerability and says it is shutting down malicious pages and accounts. There is no sure fire way to protect yourself from an attack but there are things you can do to help. Internet experts advise:

    ·         Tighten up your privacy settings

    ·         Change your password

    ·         Limit the ability that 'friends' have to tag you in posts and pictures

    ·         Update anti-virus software

    ·         Don’t cut and paste a link into browser promising free stuff… i.e. free iPhone