Massive hardcore porn outbreak hits Facebook

Viewing Facebook at work? Well perhaps watch out, because according to a recent report over at Gawker, Facebook has been inundated recently by both hardcore porn and gory images due to some sort of hack. These images simply pop-up in your news feed and are associated to users who have nothing to do with the porn, one Gawker user mentioned.

The user, Adam Shank, said that “the pictures are REALLY graphic” such as images of women masturbating and erect penises: just the kind of stuff you want your boss to see over your shoulder at work. The issue also appears not to be localized to this one guy, as people on Twitter have been reporting the issues as well, saying things like “Facebook is officially a porn site” and “it’s a legit porn site.”

Porn isn’t the only thing appearing, as actress Courtney Zito said today that she saw images such as “a guy who had his skull bashed in and his brains on the street” in her Facebook feed. The unwanted images have caused users on Facebook to start groups such as “I remember when Facebook WASN’T a porn site!”

Gawker speculates that this is the work of Anonymous; however that’s unlikely because the “hacktivist” group recently said that they would not be targeting Facebook and that any operation involving Facebook was not associated with the group. Whoever it is though is certainly causing a stir and annoying some users, and Facebook are struggling to keep it under control.

Personally I haven’t experienced these graphic images in my feed, it could be that whatever virus/worm/hack is causing this unwanted hasn’t reached us down in Australia, but I am glad that I don’t have to sift through porn to get to the actual user content I go to the site for.

Have you been affected? Let us know in the comments.

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This feels like a hoax. Just because I nor my girlfriend have never seen it on either of our walls. I can't believe we don't have at least one stupid click-whore friend between the two of us.

i dont see it in my facebook and i don't click/play/sign up any apps in facebook cuz thats stupid and alot of them are spam or virus.

Facebook fake aps and infections is what pays some of my bills so LET THEM COME!! BRING IT ON!! When a few start going around I advertise locally and get a ton of on the side computer work!

I haven't seen any of these but I'm not checking my Facebook from work just to be on the safe side.

My first thoughts are that it could be some dodgy app people have installed. It could easily have deceived them about it's purpose. I don't know how well Facebook vets apps but I generally avoid them due to privacy concerns.

I noticed when I was on last night that the links to Akamai (the content delivery network that facebook uses) died, I'd guess some sort of DNS attack caused the requests facebook sent to Akamai to get redirected to the inappropriate images.

Only my guess as to what may have happened.

Yeah! finally caved in to facebook a couple of weeks ago and already had one attempted virus and friend requests from people I don't like. A sharp reminder of why I avoided facebook in the first place.
Now I gotta look out for porn tooo??

Not all bad I guess

Case and point of why you shouldn't use any apps on facebook.

I've never used any apps, i have seen ZERO gore/porn images, talked to some friends, those who don't play farmville and roleplay vampires aren't getting any NSFW images on their news feed.

Coincidently enough my few (idiot) friends that DO love all that casual gaming garbage have their feeds ATE UP with NSFW images.

Would articles please not use buzzwords / phrases such as "Facebook has been hacked", and instead describe the issue as it really is... obviously, it's just users clicking on an app request from their friend, and giving permission to that app to go around and do the same thing with their friends. It's obviously not a hack or worm, and certainly not a problem behind the scenes at Facebook, as the article implies.

DChiuch said,
Would articles please not use buzzwords / phrases such as "Facebook has been hacked", and instead describe the issue as it really is... obviously, it's just users clicking on an app request from their friend, and giving permission to that app to go around and do the same thing with their friends. It's obviously not a hack or worm, and certainly not a problem behind the scenes at Facebook, as the article implies.

You are the only one who has suggested that they be hacked. The article contains information and speculation from another website.

ShamilN said,

You are the only one who has suggested that they be hacked. The article contains information and speculation from another website.

"Facebook has been inundated recently by both hardcore porn and gory images due to some sort of hack. "

"it could be that whatever virus/worm/hack"

Derp

alexalex said,
Does it mean that the F.B.I can storm into users homes and arrest them for have hardcore porn on their PCs ?

It wouldn't surprise me one bit. Thats how they operate... they don't care whether anyone is truly innocent or not, just as long as they can pad their own stats.

I have had it pop up in my news feed a couple of times now, I don't have any apps installed at all though. It was the first item on my news list each time and had friends taggeed within it.

Not been affected as of yet but there's a simple solution to not having your boss or co-workers see this if you are : don't use facebook if you're supposed to be working!

DawnUnder2002 said,
Not been affected as of yet but there's a simple solution to not having your boss or co-workers see this if you are : don't use facebook if you're supposed to be working!

You must be an older person to even say that?

Although I do agree, what is anyone doing on Facebook while at work? If I were a business owner, not only would I have crap like Facebook blocked, but anyone caught using or attempting such stuff on my companies computer and time, would be canned in a second!!

Now, to rush off to my fake Facebook account and see some porn!!

cork1958 said,

You must be an older person to even say that?

Although I do agree, what is anyone doing on Facebook while at work? If I were a business owner, not only would I have crap like Facebook blocked, but anyone caught using or attempting such stuff on my companies computer and time, would be canned in a second!!

Now, to rush off to my fake Facebook account and see some porn!!

What about those in marketing, for who using social media to help promote their latest deals, etc? Using Facebook would be part of their job!

Sparky Marky said,

What about those in marketing, for who using social media to help promote their latest deals, etc? Using Facebook would be part of their job!

And ... we all have lunch breaks ... or at least ... try to

cork1958 said,

You must be an older person to even say that?

Although I do agree, what is anyone doing on Facebook while at work? If I were a business owner, not only would I have crap like Facebook blocked, but anyone caught using or attempting such stuff on my companies computer and time, would be canned in a second!!

Now, to rush off to my fake Facebook account and see some porn!!


It's been proven that companies that allow their employees leeway on what sites they can visit end up being more productive during the day than those that just block everything.

Salem874 said,
Facebook better get this sorted soon or it'll be their downfall.

no it wont be there downfall. people will still continue to use facebook and they will learn a hard lesson not to accept stupid apps that say "see whos been looking(staking) your profile" / "see whos blocked you you parronoid freek" etc..

its apps like thoe that infect your computer and its why you then have to take your laptop to a repair shop to be told its going to cost you £60 to remove the infections.

just THINK! about what you are doing when you are online.

ps (you) isnt salem874 its n00bs in general who like to clicky clicky every thing they see on screen.

and then everyone will make a mass exodus to another social network. facebook would never be that stupid. one of their revenue streams actually comes from advertisements

Facebook have had their hands full from the day they went live to the real world.. Every person who thinks they can make a $ or disrupt have tried to hammer Facebook.

Might it be time to allow for paid Facebook access for those of us who do not want unsolicited add's? This will totally bypass this sort of issue, being able to connect with Friends and Family without advertising that is so totally misdirected and irrelevant.
For sure provide a free service, but there should be an add free version for those willing to leverage Facebook without Adds.

There has definitely been an increase in the number of links to apps or mass spamming of internet links that have not been sent to me deliberately by an individual in recent weeks. Would not surprise me if one of those is the cause.

A few people on my newsfeed were saying this morning how facebook has turned into a porn site. I've seen no images as yet. Woooo!

Be wary of app requests, a couple of days ago I saw one called "APP 10" which claimed to show who was looking at your Facebook profile. I don't know if that's the virus going around, but I'm pretty sure such an app doesn't exist!

Neobond said,
Be wary of app requests, a couple of days ago I saw one called "APP 10" which claimed to show who was looking at your Facebook profile. I don't know if that's the virus going around, but I'm pretty sure such an app doesn't exist!

You didn't want to hit the link up in the interest of "journalistic curiosity" and report back to us?

Neobond said,
Be wary of app requests, a couple of days ago I saw one called "APP 10" which claimed to show who was looking at your Facebook profile. I don't know if that's the virus going around, but I'm pretty sure such an app doesn't exist!

I call Shenanigans... "APP 10" sounds totally legit.

FoxieFoxie said,

Pics or it did not happen

LOL!! Yeah because somehow coming up with evidence is his primary concern needed to convince you that this is indeed happening to people.

Tim Dawg said,
LOL!! Yeah because somehow coming up with evidence is his primary concern needed to convince you that this is indeed happening to people.

cmon man he just wants to see the porn is that so wrong?

Tim Dawg said,
LOL!! Yeah because somehow coming up with evidence is his primary concern needed to convince you that this is indeed happening to people.

Y u no get meme?

FoxieFoxie said,

Pics or it did not happen

LOL i saw a few pics show up in friends news feeds that i was surprised at....