There hardly seems to be a single day of late when there has not been a negative news story about Facebook. However, it appears that the social networking site has been hit by a particularly bad spam attack in recent hours, as a flood of pornographic images have been seen appearing on the profiles of numerous users.
Those in charge at Facebook think that the users who have been affected by the images may have inadvertently clicked on links that have enabled the hackers to release a virus into their Facebook accounts. This in turn has led to the virus being able to post unwanted images on their profile pages. Anyone who is a friend of the affected profile owners will also see these images. The hack has caused much upset and disgust among Facebook users.
While Facebook seems to be moving quickly to shut down the accounts that were at the heart of triggering this virus, some believe a lot of damage has already been done. There have been hundreds of news reports during recent hours, with lots of people already saying that this is the last straw and they have closed their accounts with Facebook. This is of course another controversial move – you cannot delete your account, you can only close it. So even now, people are unable to vote with their feet.
At the time of writing Facebook had not yet managed to put an end to the problem. Hopefully it will not be long before they do, for the sake of damage control.