Facebook clickjackers said to make over $1 million a month, agree to stop spam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A firm at the centre of allegations that its affiliates flooded Facebook with spam and clickjacking attacks has agreed to clean up its act – after earning up to $1.2 million per month in gross monthly revenues.

According to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Delaware-based Adscend Media LLC and its co-owners Jeremy Bash of Huntington, West Virginia and Fehzan Ali, of Austin, Texas, have agreed to properly monitor its CPA (cost-per-action) affiliate network, and clearly mark any distributed messages in future to make clear that they originate from an affiliate earning sales commission.

If you are a Facebook user chances are that you have seen clickjacking/likejacking survey scams in your friends’ newsfeeds, but here’s a quick summary of how they work and how affiliate schemes can earn money by directing people like you to their scams.

The first thing you see…

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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, or drop him an email.

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