New Foul-Mouthed Spam Hack Hits Facebook: Are You Next?

Posted: May 12 2011, 12:44pm CDT | by , Updated: May 15 2011, 2:00pm CDT , in Technology News


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New Foul-Mouthed Spam Hack Hits Facebook: Are You Next?

'Removing' it only spreads it further.

This morning I woke up, put in my contacts, brewed a pot of coffee, and sat down at my desk to check my email. I immediately noticed a message from one of my ex-girlfriends, opened it, and was treated to this charming little line:

"F**k you faggot. Go kill yourself. Do whatever the f**k you want. I hate you and the only way to remove all these posts is by disabling this below."

This startled me. I have a wonderful relationship with the person in question. And the wording of the second sentence is bizarrely detached from the rest of the message. I hit my ex up on IM and confirmed that she had not sent the message. It was the work of some sort of hack. A few seconds of Googling confirmed that this was not an isolated incident.

Here's how it seems to work. You find the message and, in order to get something so foul-mouthed off your Wall, you click 'remove' or 'mark as spam'. Then some sort of bot seizes your account and spams every person on your friend's list with the same message. The exact purpose of this hack is unclear. No personal data appears to have been exposed at this juncture.

The bad language is a hook to get you to act before thinking. You see anger and obscenity on your wall and immediately move to delete it. As soon as you take action, the gig is up. Your only options are to leave it up on your wall, or spam all your friends. Most of the affected people I've talked to report that Facebook had the messages removed from their walls within about a minute.

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