Facebook warns porn hackers of 'consequences'

Facebook, fresh from blaming its users - rather than the purported but apparently pre-existant 'Fawkes Virus' - for the deluge of obscene imagery befouling its site, claims to know who's responsible - and is sharpening its claws to punish the transgressors.

The torrent of filth - including images depicting dead animals, naked humans and everything in between - was believed to be part of an attack by sometime hacktivisim group Anonymous, using a claimed 'Fawkes' worm to automatically post content without users' knowledge or consent.

An update from the social networking service claimed that this wasn't the case, putting the blame on users being convinced - through social engineering attacks - to copy and paste JavaScript code into their browsers' address bar in an attack known as 'self-XSS,' or self-cross site scripting.

Despite Facebook having claimed back in May that it had put in place a security system specifically designed to prevent self-XSS attacks, the attack was extremely effective - but the company claims to be closing in on those responsible.

"In addition to the engineering teams that build tools to block spam we also have a dedicated enforcement team that has already identified those responsible," a spokesperson has warned in a statement to press, "and [it] is working with our legal team to ensure appropriate consequences follow."

Thus far, however, the company has not seen fit to go public with the transgressors' identities.