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Facebook hit by spam attack

Adult, violent images, links, videos appearing on social network users’ walls

Facebook hit by spam attack
Facebook has been hit by a spam attack that places adult and violent content on users walls.

Facebook has been hit by a rash of unsolicited images, internet links and videos depicting adult and violent content, the company said on Tuesday.

"We experienced a coordinated spam attack that exploited a browser vulnerability," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told Reuters in an emailed statement. "Our efforts have drastically limited the damage caused by this attack, and we are now in the process of investigating to identify those responsible."

The social networking site does not know who was behind the attack and there is no clear motive, according to the company.

The attack tricked Facebook users into pasting and executing ‘malicious' javascript in their browser URL bar, this led them to unknowingly share the content.

Facebook engineers have been working to reduce this browser vulnerability, Noyes added.

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