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Facebook users, beware: There is a nasty virus quickly spreading across the social network that floods accounts with gruesome images of bestiality, hardcore pornography, self-mutilation and a variety of other very-NSFW pictures, reports Emil Protalinski at ZDnet. Facebook has confirmed the presence of the virus, and says it is currently investigating the matter.
"Facebook is aware of these reports and we are investigating the issue," said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement.
According to The Christian Post, which first reported the virus, the nasty cyber attack maybe be the work of Anonymous, whose members have previously vowed to launch an attack on the social network as retribution for "selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world." The involvement of Anonymous is so far unconfirmed.
While we have not yet been exposed to the spam virus ourselves, others say the problem is rampant. Actress Courtney Zito tells The Christian Post, "I have 5000 friends. My feed is littered with porn. I can't even check my news feed with anyone around because of it."
Other users have taken to Twitter to report their exposure to the virus, which appears to spam users' friends with the violent and pornographic images after they click on a malicious link.
"What is all the crap on Facebook now?" writes Twitter users @_Ms_Ash. "I can't even go on there without seeing porn or gory violence. Its disgusting."
"Yep looks to me like facebook has been hacked on some level," writes Twitter user @SMASHGORDON_FTW. "[M]Y entire news feed is filled with violence and porn."
This story is still developing, and we are looking into it further. If you've been hit with the virus, please contact your reporter at @andrewcouts on Twitter.
Update: Here are instructions for what to do if your account is hacked by this virus. (You must be logged in to Facebook to view this link.)