Clickjacking on the rise

G Data Security Labs recently released a report showing that the number of clickjacking attacks used online has increased over the past year.

This shouldn’t come as any surprise. As more and more people join social networking sites and purchase smart phones, hackers will continue to focus on clickjacking as a way to spread viruses and cause general disarray for no reason other than having some geeky fun.

According to G Data Security Labs, Trojan.JS.Clickjack.A  will be one of the most troublesome forms of clickjacking in 2011. This specific type of clickjacking does not rely on a single object. Instead, it combines an invisible iframe with a javascript app that allows the clickjacked object to follow the cursor. This makes it more difficult for Internet users to determine which pages have been clickjacked. Currently, many people have become savvy enough to avoid Facebook like buttons and the play buttons on embedded video players. These are two of the most common objects used in clickjacking attacks. With Trojan.JS.Clickjack.A , though, there is no indication that the page might contain malware. No matter where you click on the page, you will activate the clickjack.

So far, clickjacking has been relatively benign. It’s most commonly used to artificially boost website rankings.

There is, however, the potential to use these attacks to spread viruses. That’s one of the biggest concerns facing Internet security professionals because it would make it much more difficult to educate users about potential dangers. You can’t just tell people not to click on their screen at all. That would defeat the whole purpose of using the Internet.

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