A Whale of a Story: Clickjackers Use Tragedy in Japan to Make Money

Although you are probably savvy enough to avoid the average clickjacking scam, you might find that it is tough to draw the distinction between a real news story and a hoax when it comes to a serious tragedy. The tsunami in Japan recently unleashed a torrent of clickjacking attacks that tried to tug at heart strings. As quickly as these videos spread, though, journalists and bloggers followed with warnings.

One, however, seems to have slipped through, possibly because of its unique “content.”

Facebook users might have recently seem a link to a video that claims to show a whale smashing into the side of a building. That’s the kind of image that one would expect to see in a terrible sci-fi movie. The opportunity to see it actually happened caused many people to shut down the critical part of their brains and follow the link.

Of course, they never got to see the whale.

Instead, they anyone who followed the link would have seen what looked like a video player embedded in a web page. Clicking on the “play” button, however, didn’t execute the promised video. Clicking on the button only opened an online survey.

So far, it doesn’t seem that this clickjack attack has caused any serious problems for those who fell for it. Considering that some people inevitably took the quizzes, though, the hackers in charge of this charade undoubtedly made some money.

Many clickjackers use online survey to generate income. Using one that takes advantage of an international tragedy, however, is absolutely heartless.

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