Facebook users hit by porn attack - Anonymous blamed

Facebook users have been bombarded with a torrent of hardcore porn as well as violent and gory images, after an exploit has tricked users into infecting their newsfeeds.

The outbreak began a few days ago, with users of the social network being duped into clicking on titillating images that appeared on their timelines, triggering the so-called 'linkspam virus'.

The disturbing images, many relating to animal abuse, are reminiscent of the infamous '/b/' channel on image-posting board 4Chan, the community that spawned online 'hacktivist' collective Anonymous - leading sites such as Gawker to speculate that the Wikileaks-loving pranksters are behind the attack.

After a DDoS attack brought 4Chan down yesterday, though, the Anons may have other matters on their minds.

Back in August, members of Anonymous had threatened an attack on Facebook timed for the 5th of November, with some sources speaking of a so-called 'Guy Wakes virus' - though it swiftly backtracked on threats regarding so-called 'Operation Facebook'.

Those threats were recently re-issued, but none of the communciations were issued via the usual Anonymous press releases or recognised Twitter feeds.

Infected Facebook users are faced with the unpleasant task of deactivating their accounts to avoid sending the shocking images to family and friends.

There are signs the attack could spark a stream of defections from the social network, which recently redesigned its users' pages to make the timelines used to display the disturbing images more accessible.

On affected user, posting on micro-blogging site Twitter, said: "I'm considering deleting my Facebook because of all the porn/dead animals and babies. It's disgusting."

Referring to the Photoshopped fake images infested their account, another user fumed: "I saw a dead dog, Justin Bieber sucking a d**k, and a naked grandma. Time to delete Facebook."

A spokeswoman for Facebook has said: "[We are] aware of these reports and we are investigating the issue".

Meanwhile, the stream of filth continues...