About Me

When not at work with students, I spend my time in my room either reading, calculating something using pen and paper, or using a computer. I read almost anything: from the pornographic to the profound, although my main interests are mathematics and physics. "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." -Erasmus

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Likejacking

I was on facebook a few hours ago, reading my friends' posts, and I decided to click on a link that at least five of my friends liked. The link claimed to be for a video with this idea: take photographs everyday for 10 years, and then make a video out of it. I did think it interesting, because  if you could actually get it done, it would be nice to see how someone can change over 10 years. There was a video that showed Michael Jackson's changes in appearance, and I wondered if it would be similar.

So I clicked on it on the belief that if a lot of friends liked it, I might find it good too. Oh boy was I wrong. The link led to a website called foutube, and it looked like a competitor of youtube. However, when I did click on the play button, nothing happened. When I looked at facebook again, to my chagrin, I found that that website was auto-liked and shared on my wall.

I decided to look for a blog post on it, and learned that malicious websites had a hidden script that autoliked and posted in facebook (if you happen to be logged in.) To test it, I logged out of facebook and then went to that website again, and it opened a new window from facebook asking me to log in before they could continue.

Since I couldn't find an unlike button on facebook, I placed a comment underneath the post warning my friends that it was a scam. A few minutes after, I looked at my friends who had liked that website and discovered that it was gone from their walls; I looked at my wall again, and also noticed that my comment and the post had disappeared. It was probably reported by someone else, and taken down by facebook adminstrators.

My new rule: before going to friends' suggested/ liked links, use Google first.

1 comment:

Helen Mary Labao said...

agh. nabiktima na rin ako ng ganito e. badtrip talaga. hahaha. likejacking, interesting name. i had a previous reading on linkjackers naman, the ones who post links a lot on FB (ouch to me!). :D