Posted tagged ‘online survey’

Man in Wheelchair Falls to Death LOL

September 8, 2011

Fans of the Darwin Awards might find it entertaining to read about the dumbest possible ways that people die, but there’s a big difference between shaking your head at a written account of someone’s death and watching a video of it.

Recently, the moral fiber of Facebook users was tested by a post that reads

Man in wheelchair falls down the elevator shaft *SHOCKING VIDEO*
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This Video is really shocking. a man in a wheelchair is falling down the elevator shaft.

If you followed the link, then you found a fake Facebook page with what looked like an embedded video. Sorry, you’re not going to get to watch the gruesome video. In fact, such a video probably doesn’t even exist.

What you get, instead, is a clickjack. A lot of people have commented (and I kind of agree) that anyone who fell for this horrible scam got what they deserved.

If you use Firefox with the NoScript application, then you got a warning about the UI redressing attempt, as clickjacking is technically called. If you don’t use this security app, though, you were prompted to take an online survey. After taking the survey, you didn’t even get to watch the video. How lame is that?

Many clickjackeres use online surveys to earn money. By tricking people into visiting survey websites, they know that a small number will actually answer the questions. For each person that fills out the survey, the clickjackers earn a small amount of money that quickly adds up.

 

I Can’t Believe It; I Don’t Believe It

March 4, 2011

Oh, Justice Beaver, what will your fans do next to win your heart?

Even if you’re not a big fan of Justin Beiber, or The Office for that matter, you might have seen a recent clickjack attack circulating through Facebook.

There have been tons of clickjacking attempts that target Beiber and his teenage admirers. This recent one states “I can’t believe a GIRL did this because of Justin Beiber!” also contains a side view pictures of a girl wearing what might be the world’s shortest skirt.

The temptation here is pretty obvious.

Click on the link, however, and you’re not going to find out what this girl supposedly did, or why her behind played such an integral role. Instead, you’re going to get a heaping spoon of disappointment and a clickjack that spreads the hoax through your Facebook wall.

If you really can’t stop yourself from visiting the Bad Beiber site where the video is supposedly hosted, then at least log out of Facebook. That way you can avoid getting clickjacked.

What’s the problem with a little clickjacking action? Well, first off you’re going to look like an idiot who went to the fake Beiber site for what is obviously a scam. That’s not going to win you any admirers on Facebook. Second, you’ll have to tolerate many of the common side effects of clickjacking: reoccurring wall posts, online surveys, and spam.

As a simple rule, I should point out that if something says “I can’t believe…”, then chances are that you shouldn’t believe it.

(Imagine via: http://brizzly.com)

My Total Facebook Profile Views

January 25, 2011

Social networks are about popularity and connections, so it’s no wonder that people on Facebook are curious to know how many people have viewed their profiles. Facebook, however, has consistently prevented users from seeing how many people (and, more specifically, which people) have looked at their profiles.

While preventing users from accessing this information keeps online activity a bit more private, it also creates a vacuum that cybercriminals are eager to fill.

One of the latest clickjacking attacks that cybercriminals use focuses on giving Facebook members access to information that they have never been able to see before. Unfortunately, the hackers don’t really have applications that can provide accurate information.

The My Total Facebook Views scam promises to tell Fb members how many people have looked at their profile pages. By doing so, it preys upon human curiosity and the desire to see where one fits into the social hierarchy.

When you follow a link to the app (typically named either Pro Check or ProfileSpy), you’re prompted to take an online survey. After taking the survey, you’re given a number that supposedly represents how many people have accessed your profile. In reality, it’s just a random number without any basis in reality.

In addition to tricking you into taking online surveys for nothing in return, the app uses a clickjacking attack to spread itself to your friends. The clickjack posts information on your wall that encourages friends to take the survey and find out how many people have looked at their profiles.

That’s how it perpetuates itself and makes plenty of money for cybercriminals. As long as you stay informed, though, you don’t have to fall victim to this clickjacking scam.