95% say Facebook needs to do more to fight clickjacking worms, poll reveals

Graham Cluley

Facebook isn’t doing enough to protect members from a recent spate of clickjacking attacks on the popular social networking site.

That’s the verdict of 95% of the 600 people we polled overnight after the latest attack that struck the social network, tricking users into ‘liking’ a webpage entitled ‘101 Hottest Women in the World’.

The scams, dubbed ‘likejacking’ by Sophos, exploit the ‘Like’ button facility by automatically updating a user’s Facebook status to ‘like’ a third party webpage without the user realising that they have clicked a button at all.

The update is then automatically shared with a user’s Facebook friends via the website’s newsfeed, helping the attacks to spread rapidly across the social network.

Although the attacks are yet to deliver malicious…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.