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New Facebook scam tricks users into liking links
Category : General 07 Jun 2010 06:52 AM | Industry News
Clickjacking -- also known as likejacking -- works by spamming Facebook users with such content as "LOL this girl gets owned after a police officer reads her status message” and “the prom dress that got this girl suspended from school."
you click on an interesting Facebook link and find yourself redirected to a page with nothing but "click here to continue," close that window. You've been suckered by a popular Facebook worm that's spread to a reported 100,000+ users, generating fake "likes" on people's profiles. The fake likes link to those same "click here to continue" pages, perpetuating the cycle. One security firm is calling this new attack "likejacking."
Unlike the previous attack, it doesn’t appear that this clickjacking — or “likejacking” as some are calling it — attack has any malware or worms embedded on the serving websites. Still, if you or someone you know falls victim to these fake links, you should remove the links from your “Likes and Interests” section on your Facebook profile page.
As far as clickjacking techniques are concerned, the use of the Facebook Like button iframe is one of the more clever methods we’ve seen. We hope Facebook can address this issue and better control how the controls work, lest we all become inundated with spammy “Likes” across our news feeds.