Facebook sues alleged clickjacking firm

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook has launched a lawsuit against the owners of Adscend Media, alleging that they developed and encouraged others to spread spam using a variety of tactics – including clickjacking.

Facebook users are too painfully familiar with scams which trick them into completing online surveys or signing up for premium rate mobile phone services.

Here’s how a typical scam works.

A Facebook user is lured into clicking on a link, having been promised the chance to see a shocking video or other salacious content.

However, when they reach the page they often told that they must complete an online survey or provide personal information first.

In the case of clickjacking, also known as likejacking, users are tricked into clicking on an invisible “Like” button that follows their mouse across the screen, not realising that they are recommending the webpage to all of their Facebook friends.

No matter where you click on the webpage, whether it be…

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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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