Facebook Porn Means Opportunity For Security Firms

If you're an online security firm, when opportunity knocks in the form of violent and pornographic images flooding Facebook, responding quickly is key.

When opportunity knocks, answer the door. So if you’re an online security firm, when opportunity knocks in the form of violent and pornographic images flooding Facebook, responding quickly is key.

One company did just that, promoting Zscaler Likejacking Prevention, which it released in September, and offering advice from Senior Security Researcher Mike Geide.

Zscaler Likejacking Prevention is available as a plug-in for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, and it combats likejacking, in which attackers attempt to exploit Facebook members’ usage of the like button by tricking them into clicking hidden like buttons and unintentionally liking pages or products, which, in turn, appear on their friends’ newsfeeds and spread virally. From Geide:

Social networks are a gold mine for attackers. With such a large volume of users, spam and malicious content can spread very rapidly. For example, likejacking is a technique in which users are tricked into triggering a Facebook like for some online content.

This is a popular and powerful method to increase the number of visits to a particular website. User likes are shared with their network of friends, who may also visit and trigger a like for the content, who then in turn share the like with their network of friends, and so on. The goal of likejacking campaigns may vary from revenue generation from pay-per-click to the spread of malicious content.

Readers: Were you on the receiving end of any posts from Monday’s porn and violent photo assault, and if so, how did you respond?