You’ve gone too far

Likejacking has become a familiar concern for Facebook members. By now, most of us should know that it’s possible for hackers to hide Share and Like buttons in invisible frames. When you click on a likejacked link, you end up posting a comment to your wall and sharing it with all of your friends. The basic idea is that people will follow the link because they trust their friends.

As likejacking becomes more and more problematic, though, we’re going to see it entering the mainstream. In a way that’s a good thing because it educates people about the potential problems of following unknown links and clicking on suspicious buttons while logged into Facebook and other social networking sites.

Just last week, the Better Business Bureau issued an official warning about a likejacked link that’s been spreading like virtual wildfire. The link is titled “OMG This Guy Went a Little Too Far with revenge on His Ex-Girlfriend.” Sounds like an interesting story, right? You see the post and you wonder what exactly this guy has done that would make him internet famous. Certainly, all kinds of ridiculous, gross, and juvenile thoughts  come to mind. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to read this story?

When you follow the link, though, you are asked to take a test to prove that you’re human. These are pretty common tests that are meant to prevent spam. In this case, though, the test perpetuates spam. The test itself is the clickjacked link that posts directly to your Facebook wall.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on September 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “You’ve gone too far”

  1. very interesting post.

  2. Good to know!

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