Hackers are posting Insulting Messages/Sexual Videos Warning - Internet/Facebook Rumour

19 Jan 2012 - Article No: 1479. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Rumours are claiming that Facebook hackers are posting insulting or sexually graphic messages from your account without your knowledge.

Variants of the rumour have been circulating for a number of years now, and included -


HACKERS ARE DOING DAMAGE AGAIN ON FACEBOOK!
PORNOGRAPHIC MOVIES ARE BEING POSTED ON OUR BEHALF ON THE WALLS OF OUR PROFILES! WE DO NOT SEE THEM, BUT OTHER PEOPLE DO, AS IF IT WERE OUR PUBLICATION!
SOMETIME EVEN OUR SUPPOSED COMMENTS APPEARS. IF YOU SEE SUCH A THING IN MY HOMEPAGE, ALERT ME AND DO NOT OPEN IT BECAUSE IT IS A VIRUS! ...COPY AND RE POST THIS MESSAGE
collected September 2011


ATTENTION: THE HACKERS ALREADY ENTERED IN FACEBOOK & THEY ARE PUTTING SEXUAL VIDEOS TO YOUR NAME IN THE WALLS OR PROFILES OF YOUR FRIENDS WITHOUT YOU KNOWING IT. YOU DON´T SEE IT, BUT OTHER PEOPLE CAN SEE IT, AS IF THESE WERE A PUBLICATION THAT YOU MADE! SO IF YOU RECEIVE SOMETHING FROM ME ABOUT A VIDEO, ITS NOT MINE! copy this in your wall. It is for the security of YOUR OWN IMAGE
collected November 2011


IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL !!!!!!!!!!!! Watch out for your wall! Tell a friend! Hackers are now on Facebook and on the walls of your friends, they write insults under your name and you do not know about it!!. You will not see it, but your friends see that your name is written below the written insults. If you get something from me that is offensive, know that it was not me! REPOST THIS!!
collected January 2012


collected April 2012


Attention FB Buddies .. !!! Watch out for your wall! Tell your friends! Hackers are now on Facebook writing insults on your friends walls under your name. You dont know it or see it, but your friends do. They will also remove friends. Be assured if you get something from me that is offensive, know that it was Not Me! Copy and re-post**
collected April 2012


WARNING!!! Dear FB Buddies . . . Watch your wall. Tell your friends . . . Hackers are now on FB writing insults on your friends walls. Such insults are made to appear as having come from you. You dont know nor see it but your friends do. As a result, they have deleted you from their list of friends. I want to assure you that if you get something supposedly from me thats offensive, it certainly didnt come from me. Copy and re-post to warn others about this.. And on Iphones too
collected May 2012


New type of hackers on FB. What they write is aggression from you, and its insulting. Its really nasty and it appears to come from you. You do not see it, but your friends do. One result of this can be that you will be deleted on your friends list. Just wanted to say, if you get something that is offensive, malicious, vulgar, etc., it is ABSOLUTELY not from me .. Copy this and put in your status.
collected November 2012


collected May 2015

These persistent messages claim that hackers are posting messages onto the walls of Facebook users. Many variants claim that the victim cannot see the messages being automatically posted from their account. All variants claim that the messages contain either sexual content, insulting messages or pornographic content, that were posted as a result of hackers.

It is likely that the reason these particular messages continue to circulate so prolifically across Facebook is that they do loosely base themselves on genuine threats, but the information and wording contained in these messages are so vague and inaccurate that the warning itself is effectively useless. The authors of these silly warnings elect not to spread useful information (i.e. how do "hackers" post on victims walls and how do you stop it) instead using alarmist and totally unhelpful phrases such as "Hackers are on Facebook!", "REPOST THIS" and "IMPORTANT NOTICE!".

It is true that "hackers" - or rather in this case the more appropriate term would be "spammers" - can indeed compromise Facebook accounts which can lead to unauthorised messages being posted onto the walls and newsfeeds of the friends belonging to that account.

However such spammers do not have the ability to magically compromise Facebook accounts. The owner of a compromised account must first fall for a trap before there is any chance of their account being compromised and thus send out these insulting/sexual messages.
You can read our blog post here that outlines the different possible reasons why a Facebook account has started posting messages by itself and how to stop it.

The problem with these warning messages is that because they loosely base themselves on real threats many Facebook users become confused and mistake these vague, generic and alarmist warnings as genuine attempts to help them, thus increasing their circulation.

For example variants of this message that purport that “hackers are posting sexual videos from your account” are likely trying to refer to an attack on Facebook users in 2011 (that has now ended) where Facebook users were duped into pasting malicious JavaScript into their address bar which resulted in them spamming their friends with posts to what appeared to be sexual videos.
Other examples of these warnings are likely referring to the effect of installing rogue Facebook applications which can automatically post messages from your account.
However as we have already stated, these warning messages do not address how and why a Facebook account becomes compromised and how to prevent it, thus the warning is essentially useless.

The only potentially useful piece of advice contained in the messages is that if you do notice a friend posting suspicious or insulting messages from their account it would be a good idea to send a private message (or email, or phone call) their way to let them know.

If you want to help your Facebook friends avoid such attacks, forward them this blog article which details the different ways a Facebook account can become compromised which can lead to automatic messages being posted from it. However we do not recommend circulating these useless, misleading and inaccurate warnings.


For further reading –

What to do when your Facebook account keeps posting spam links
Facebook flooded with explicit pornographic and violent images – users beware


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