Future Tense interview about clickjacking

American Public Media’s Future Tense with John Moe recently interviewed interviewed internet security specialists about clickjacking on Facebook. Some of the information provided during that interview was, although not surprising, somewhat of a wake up call. Beth Jones of Sophos pointed out that many clickjack attacks not only ask individuals to take surveys to “prove they are human” but also request the user’s phone number. Those who provide their phone number have unknowingly given permission for their cell phones to be charged five dollars a month.

The legality of this final part, quite frankly, blows my mind. Certainly reputable cell phone providers have some responsibility when it comes to these scams. Quite frankly, I’d switch companies if my provider insisted that I pay the fee. Regardless, its obviously a headache for those who provide their digits and could end up costing the quite a bit of money, especially if they don’t pay close attention to the details listed on their cell phone bills.

Jones also said that Sophos sees dozens of clickjack attacks a day. I know that clickjacking is pervasive, but that seems like a high number to me. Sophos, however, is at the top of the internet security industry, so I believe Jones when she says this. If there truly are dozens of clickjacks making their way through websites like Facebook every day, then it is especially important for internet users to protect themselves and pay close attention to everything they do online.

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