Facebook “Clickjacking” Attack Spreads: Thousands falling victim

Two days ago we warned readers that a new exploit was spreading across Facebook rapidly, we are now hearing that the clickjacking attack has spread far more rapidly than many security experts ever imagined.

This attack exploits Facebook’s like feature, it shows links in the news feed that appear to have been liked by your friends, however if you click on this link you become infected with a trojan.

The exploit is pretty clever as it tricks users into thinking they are clicking a popular subject such as Justin Bieber’s telephone number and World Cup HD coverage, Think how many thousands of Facebook users are interested in these subjects.

If you become infected a link will appear on other peoples News Feeds (whoever you are friends with), the infection apparently has no other adverse affects, infact it looks like it is designed to spread across as many Facebook accounts as possible, whether you are a Mac, Windows or Linux user.

Security experts are worried that the hackers who developed this clickjacking attack could perhaps use this exploit for revenue generation in the future, or perhaps link it to other infections, which could perhaps steal personal information.

As we hear more about this attack we will keep you posted, in the mean time be sure to be careful what you click on Facebook, if you are unsure about a link it probably isn’t worth checking out.

Source: BBC News

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.


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