Is Facebook to Blame for Like-Jacks?

The recent influx of like-jacking attacks has led many people to blame Facebook for poor security. The criticisms, in fact, started before like-jacking even became a problem. That’s because computer geeks knew that Facebook’s like button could be put to nefarious purposes. Still, Facebook went ahead and released the application.

For the most part, Facebook’s like button serves a good purpose. It lets friends communicate with a single click. Instead of actually commenting on a photo, post, or link, Fb members can simply like it. Realistically, that’s all that many people want to do. They don’t have anything to say about their friends’ posts. They just want to point out that they think it’s cool.

It took a while for likejacking to become a problem. Quite frankly, it’s surprising that it took months rather than days. The programming behind a like-jack attack isn’t difficult. Hackers have been clickjacking web pages for years now, and there isn’t much of a difference between the two techniques.

Even more surprising is that so far the like-jacks haven’t caused any significant problems. More often than not, they just propagate themselves. As far as anyone can tell, they haven’t been used to install any viruses or worms that can cause serious damage.

While critics point out that this is all a matter of luck and that sooner or later someone will use like-jacks on Facebook to release a serious attack, I think that it’s somewhat inevitable that hackers will focus their attentions on Facebook. After all, Fb is currently  the most popular social networking site. This popularity means more members, which means more hackers. No matter what Facebook does, someone will find a way to use it against people.

Still, Facebook’s customer service is notoriously terrible. They don’t respond to queries and don’t seem to take customer complaints very seriously. Plus, they’re much too secretive for their own good, causing many members to lose faith in the the overall benevolence of the company. A more open line of communication between Facebook and its members would help us understand what the company is doing to prevent like-jack attacks and other security issues. As long as Facebook remains popular, it will attract hackers who are smart enough to get around the latest security measures. If Facebook is to be blamed for anything, it’s keeping us in the dark, not allowing click-jacks.

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