More on Like-Jacking

While browsing Wired’s posts, I came across an article about like-jacking. It wasn’t really a complete article, but it did show me one thing: the word like-jacking is here to stay for long haul. Which means at least two years in the virtual world.

So get used to the concept of like-jacking. And get used to the worries that it will cause.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far about like-jacking on Facebook:

  • To my knowledge, no one has been able to clickjack Fb’s like button on Fb’s actual page. That means your safe liking things that actually appear on Fb.
  • The like-jacking often occurs on a page that is not associated with Facebook. When you click on the jacked link, it executes a short program that adds a “like” to your Facebook wall, thus sharing the link with your friends.
  • If you’re not signed in to Facebook, then the like-jacked link won’t have its intended effect. I’d like to preface this statement, however, by saying that I have not seen any like-jacked links that can work when you’re logged off of Fb. That is not to say that someone hasn’t or won’t write a program that can wait until you’ve logged in to execute its instructions.
  • So far, most of the like-jacked links have been annoying but benign. Making them malicious, however, wouldn’t be hard for someone who has figured out a way to execute a likejack properly.
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