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Facebook users reel from porn spam attack

Sharon Gaudin | Nov. 17, 2011
After being bombarded with hard-core pornographic and violent images on their news feeds, some Facebook users may change how and if they use the social network, according to industry analysts.

"I do think if it happens too often, even people that don't care about it today, will," added Kerravala. "It can damage users' reputations and upset parents and co-workers. And the power Facebook has is its community, so any loss of community, devalues it."

Not all analysts, however, say the incident is bad news for Facebook. Brad Shimmin of CurrentAnalysis, said Facebook will look good if it quickly tackles the problem.

"I don't think this is necessarily bad given their rapid and apparently effective response thus far to a security issue that doesn't issue from their own software," Shimmin said. "If anything, it will serve to drive awareness of the inherent dangers of browsing Web sites. A malicious attack can be initiated in a way that's completely outside the control of the host Web site."

 

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