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Facebook Users Fend Off 'Likejacking' Attacks

Before you go clicking on that funny or provocative link on a Facebook wall that seems to have been passed along from some of your other online friends, understand that malware maestros are a step ahead of you and are just waiting for you to take the bait.

That's the warning from leading security software vendors this week after a bumper crop of new clickjacking exploits starting making their way through the Facebook community over the Memorial Day weekend.

This so-called "likejacking" scam features malicious iFrames hidden under what appear to be innocuous links that, once you click, redirects users to other malware-laden sites and links and gives hackers an opportunity to glean personal information that most Facebook members wouldn't give out to their actual, real-life friends.

As eSecurity Planet found, this clickjacking scheme relies on human nature to ensnare its prey, promising links to funny, unusual or sex-related videos only to take users on a one-way ride into Malwareville.


Malware engineers are preying on Facebook members again this week, tricking fans of the world's largest social networking site into clicking on malicious links that hijack their browser and spread even more malware to their friends.

Clickjacking, a technique by which hackers use malicious iFrames hidden under what appear to be innocuous links to spread malware and redirect traffic to other nefarious sites and links, has plagued Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for years.

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
Facebook Contends With Latest 'Likejacking' Scam