You probably already know not to open suspicious
looking email attachments and not to send money
to foreign princes proffering elaborate sob stories. But the tiny images
that you can click on your favorite
websites are safe, right?
Cybercriminals can create fake links even on websites that
you trust. This recently happened with the Facebook “like” buttons. These are
the tiny “thumbs up” icons that let you say that you like a person’s status
update, picture, or other post. Cybercriminals created fake versions of these “like”
icons, and if you clicked on one of these fake buttons, you’d be taken to a
page filled with online ads.
Unlike viruses or ID theft, this type of click fraud was
used only to create more clicks on advertisements. But this same technique
could be used to spread malicious software, so be careful where you click.
For more information on how to prevent online fraud, see How to
reduce the risk of online fraud.
To read how Microsoft is combating
click fraud, see Microsoft
Investigators Uncover Emerging Form of Click Fraud.