Monday, 27 June 2011

Facebook click-jacks attacks

Have you ever seen links posted on your friends Facebook pages promising a look at outrageous video or photos? These are part of what is called a click-jacking scam. In this situation, the user is typically tricked into clicking on a provocative link, but hidden code within the page posts a  copy of the tainted link to the profiles of all the users friends.

According to post on a Facebook security page, if you or your friends have been click-jacked, you should be able to remove poison posts on your Facebook Walls and News Feed by moving the mouse cursor to the top-right corner of the unwanted item and clicking the X button to get the " Remove and Unlike " option. As a further precaution check the info page on your profile and remove any unwanted pages from your lists in the Activities and Interests area. As a general rule do not click on strange links, even if it appears that close friends have shared them on your Facebook page. Horrendous grammar or odd phrasing in the post should also be an instant tip-off. 

Many click-jacking scams are intended to herd users to sites that pay the perpetrator for page views and are mostly harmless compared to other malicious activity. But depending on the spammer or scammer behind the code, malicious scripts can be used to deliver malware and junk mail to phish for account information or to sign up unwitting users for unwanted services.

To further protect yourself make sure your computer is running an up-to-date security program. Facebook own security area has tips on keeping safe from the latest threats at  

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