Spreading distrust throughout the virtual land

How pervasive are clickjacks on Facebook?

You probably hear about people who have fallen for stupid clickjacking attacks. Certainly you would never fall for them though. Don’t be so certain.

Clickjacking that occurs on social networking sites intentionally take advantage of the trust we give our friends. You assume that your best friends are intelligent people who would never fall for a ridiculous scheme. The problem is that everyone thinks this. Yet there are still lots of successful clickjacking attacks.

Obviously, we need to rethink our idea of trust when it comes to socializing on the internet.

We extend trust to online friends just as we do in real life. Say, for instance, you’re out at a club and you ask a friend to watch your drink while you go to the restroom. Hopefully you can trust that person to make sure that no one takes your drink, or slips something into it.

Imagine, however, if your friend put that same trust in another person, who put that trust in someone else, and so on and so on.

Eventually, one of those people is going to fail big time. They might mean to, or they might not. It’s hard to say. The end result, however, is that you come back from the restroom only to find that everyone in the club has been drugged with roofies. They can’t make wise decisions, and they can’t seem to keep their mouths shut about how awesome the drinks are.

This is essentially the scenario that we see at social networking sites. It’s a bunch of people who may or may not have control over themselves telling you that you absolutely have to follow their advice. Whether you decide to drink the punch isn’t just your decision, though. Once you’ve imbibed, you’re going to turn around and do the exact same thing to your friends.

A complete lack of control: that’s the reality of clickjacking and that’s why you have to remain distrustful of everything you encounter on Myspace, Facebook, and other networking sites.

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