Cheryl Cole clickjacking on Facebook, posing as a BBC news report

Graham Cluley
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Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl Cole, famous in the UK for her role as a judge on top TV show “The X Factor” which had its grand final last night, is being exploited by scammers on Facebook.

Scammers are using a clickjacking technique to trick users into “liking” a webpage without their knowledge, believing it to be a BBC News report about paparazzi photographs that have exposed the popular celebrity.

Using the familiar banner of the BBC News website, the story beneath is not exactly the err.. content you would normally associate with the British Broadcasting Corporation. Instead it shows a typically tabloid pararazzi photograph of Cheryl Cole getting out of a car while wearing a short skirt.

Hardly the most convincing replica of the BBC website I’ve ever seen, but if you are tempted to click on the page uses a clickjacking technique to invisibly “like” the webpage, sharing it with all of your Facebook friends and buddies.

BBC News: Cheryl Cole Exposed…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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