Weekly Roundup : Nov 18, 2011 : Facebook Hit with ‘Porn Spam Attack’ and Android Suffers ‘Avalanche’ of Malware

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Two major players—Facebook and Android—dominated security news this week. The attack on Facebook involved bombarding users with pornography and horridly violent images. Computerworld’s headline captured the impact the attack had on the online community:  Facebook users reel from porn spam attack while Threat Post reported on the coding behind the attack, which was linked to a relatively obscure exploit method known as self-inflicted JavaScript injection, in its article Facebook User Error Behind Porn, Mutilation Spam. The good news is that it may be possible to identify at least some of the hackers, as Security News Daily reported in its story titled Facebook Pursuing Attackers Who Exploited XSS-Flaw in Massive Spam Attack.

Android problems with malicious apps have long been reported, but coverage  accelerated this week with release of a report showing a surge in activity. Threat Post told the story in an article headlined Android Malware, Up 472 Percent, Seeing Fastest Growth Ever. Pointing to the ease with which malware can be offered to Android users, The Register titled its article Android Market free-for-all blamed for malware avalanche. Meanwhile Security News Daily reported on an AV-Test study of seven free AV products for Android, in an article headlined Free Android Anti-Virus Apps Fail Miserably.

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