Facebook Suffers Wave Of Spam Messages
17. November 2011
The widely popular social networking website Facebook is hit with a series of spam messages that aims to get vital information from its members.
The administrators of Facebook already warned its members to be always on the lookout for these spam messages that their account will not hacked by the brains behind this activity. According to reports, these spam messages contain pictures showing graphic sex and violence.
Computer experts explained social networking sites are favorite targets of spam messages since people trust these sites. Facebook revealed they made the warning after many of their members complained that they receive many links on their Facebook pages taking them to images depicting jarring violence and graphic pornography.
The social networking site said the latest spam attack enticed users to click on links offering some sort of promise — free plane tickets, a fun new video or answers to a quiz. Facebook called all its members to calm down since their computer experts are now dealing with the problem to ensure it cannot create headache to them.
Moreover, Facebook said they have already built an enforcement mechanisms to quickly shut down the malicious pages and accounts that attempt to exploit the vulnerability. Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.As of July 2011, Facebook has more than 750 million active users.
Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Facebook users must register before using the site. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics.
The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the United States to help students get to know each other better. Facebook allows any users who declare themselves to be at least 13 years old to become registered users of the website.
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The website’s membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University.
It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over, but based on ConsumersReports.org on May 2011, there are 7.5 million children under 13 with accounts, violating the site’s terms.
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