Why Do Clickjackers Do It?

Clickjacking requires pretty rudimentary programming skills. You can take a couple of college classes and learn all of the skills that you need to implement a fairly successful clickjacking campaign. Just because something is easy, though, doesn’t mean that someone will do it. There has to be some kind of reward, right?

Not surprisingly, the big reward for clickjackers is money.

Symantec Security Response did some research showing that clickjackers can earn as much as $40,000. That’s a lot of money for such a small amount of work.

There are, of course, various ways that clickjackers can make money.

One of the most popular ways is to trick Internet users into filling out online surveys. Survey companies are often willing to pay websites for sending information their way. Each survey doesn’t earn much money at all. A successful clickjacking campaign, however, could potential trick thousands of people into filling out surveys. The money from those surveys adds up quickly, allowing the clickjacker to earn a good income.

Other clickjacking attacks focus on stealing information from Internet users. These attacks typically install spyware on your computer that allows a hacker to gather information about your activities. That makes it possible for the hacker to access your email account to send out spam. Like online surveys, each piece of spam earns a small amount of money that quickly adds up.

Hackers can also used clickjacked links to install spyware that will capture your personal information. This can allow the hacker to steal your identity, open a credit card in your name, or access your bank accounts.

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