Click Fraud: Cybercriminals want you to ‘like’ it.

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?

Not necessarily.

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
.

 

 


 

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

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  2. Anonymous

    Ref. to: "Click Fraud: Cybercriminals want you to ‘like’ it."

    Sorry, this article can't be taken very seriously.

    In very few words one gets an explanation about the risk of clicking right away on some kinds of images/adverts and such.

    Your point is taken, BUT this serious problem ends very abrupt with reguests to click on: choice 1 or choice 2 for more info to this subject….. That wonder's me!!

    That's not the way. You just WANT your customer to click, to click and to click with the worn out sentence: 'for more information' please click!'

    My advise: take a real effort to interest the customer with well written words in a good text-  not to long – not to short – so that they STAY (!) on this page, rather than clicking right away into millions of others pages…!

    That won't work, and more important: your customer doesn't take it seriously!

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