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Facebook Worm Sends Users to Porn

Ahh the glories of online porn: apparently no web surfer or website is immune. As it stands, porn is slowly infecting Twitter, and now it's infiltrating Facebook as well. According to a security researcher at AVG Technologies, a porn-related worm has actually infected the latter site, passing from one user to another after clicking on a rather interesting image appearing on Facebook Walls.

AVG's Nick FitzGerald reports that the worm attracts its victims by using a thumbnail of a sexy bikini-clad woman along with the following text: "Want 2 C something Hot? Click da button, baby!" Once clicked, another browser window opens displaying a larger version of the thumbnail. Daring web surfers who click on the larger image are thus sent to a porn site. If the victim is logged into Facebook, then the worm inserts itself onto the user's Facebook Wall.

"This worm uses what is technically known as a CSRF (Cross-site Request Forgery, also called XSRF) attack," he said. "A sequence of iframes on the exploit page call a sequence of other pages and scripts, eventually resulting in a form submission to Facebook "as if" the victim had submitted a URL for a wall post and clicked on the "Share" button to confirm the post."

FitzGerald doesn't really offer a solution for Facebook users, but advises them to not click on the button (duh). He said that the issue is something Facebook needs to correct behind-the-scenes.

UPDATE: Apparently Facebook has now successfully blocked this worm.

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  • Jenoin
    Wait... So you are saying that when I am on the internet if I click on links of mostly naked girls it will take me to porn sites? OmG Haxx
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  • webbwbb
    And why would a "professional" news site post an article with such a picture on it. I can understand needing to inform people about what they should avoid but you should have had it on a link that labeled it as NSFW. If something like this happens again I will need to start looking for another tech news site.
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  • bob_white
    How Is This a Problem ?
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  • the_one111
    webbwbbAnd why would a "professional" news site post an article with such a picture on it. I can understand needing to inform people about what they should avoid but you should have had it on a link that labeled it as NSFW. If something like this happens again I will need to start looking for another tech news site.Techreport.com is good.

    Just a suggestion mind you.

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  • ssalim
    That pic is hot.
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  • scione
    LOL why would you press the button
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  • ssalim
    Some people can't resist pushing a button or two. Or three.
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  • Uncle Meat
    scioneLOL why would you press the buttonWhy wouldn't you press the button?
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  • rajaton
    Well, teacher did always say "if you're going to have some, make sure there's enough for everyone" :P
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  • acecombat
    webbwbbAnd why would a "professional" news site post an article with such a picture on it. I can understand needing to inform people about what they should avoid but you should have had it on a link that labeled it as NSFW. If something like this happens again I will need to start looking for another tech news site.I wouldn't really classify that image as NSFW imo.
    But meanwhile...It didn't matter how many times I clicked the image, it didn't post to my Tom's comments section :(
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