Facebook scams abound: Clickjacking, "dislike" button wreak havoc

The social networking giant fends off attacks as users get taken for a ride

By Christine Mathias
August 18, 2010 10:19PM (UTC)
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FILE -- In this August 27, 2009 file photo, the social networking site Facebook login webpage is seen on a computer screen in Ottawa, Can. A German data protection official said Wednesday, July 7, 2010, he launched legal proceedings against Facebook, which he accused of illegally accessing and saving personal data of people who don't use the social networking site. (AP Photo.The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld, file) (AP)

One can only hope that Facebook takes heed of the intense desire for a real "dislike" button after users got duped by a spam application this week. The scam went viral, and just as people were getting word that they got played, a new nefarious plot popped up. This one's called "clickjacking," and it's spread through the site's "share" feature.

Sophos is the security firm that uncovered the clickjacking worm, and Information Week has a layman's breakdown of what it does. Reuters tells people how to avoid scams on sites like Facebook (hint: Surveys are hellish rabbit holes and Ikea doesn't give out $5,000 merchandise cards.) Yesterday, PC World covered the "dislike" scam, with screen grabs of the pages you want to run away from (or click away from). And ABC News asks the real burning question: Why can't you "dislike" something on Facebook?


In other Facebook-related news this week, the social networking site may try to compete with Foursquare by pinning you down by your location. Former Israeli soldier Eden Aberjil provoked outrage by posting pictures of herself smiling in front of elderly Palestinian detainees. A woman in Florida was arrested after uploading a picture of her baby holding a bong on the site, and a man was picked up for violating a protective order after "friend requesting" his ex-wife. Twice.

All that, plus the upcoming release of "The Social Network," a film about the backstabbing and jockeying behind the world's most successful purveyor of baby pictures and "Just had lunch!" status updates. Check out the trailer:



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