Experts Warn of New Internet Threat: ‘Clickjacking’

WASHINGTON
Published: May 25, 2009

There is a new form of Internet hijacking, which allows hackers to control the mouse clicks of an unsuspecting individual by redirecting the user to a page that the user did not intend to visit, according to cnet.com.

Aptly titled “clickjacking,” this new way of hacking can be achieved by the creation of an iFrame (inline Frame) that allows Web browsers to split into segments (pages) where different items can be shown on each. Because the coding used to get to these different pages is invisible to the end user, attackers can basically do whatever they want, such as downloading content that can ruin a computer or secretly turning on a Web cam and recording everything a user does in front of the computer.

According to cnet.com, there is very little an end-user can do to protect himself/herself; however, those using Windows and Internet Explorer can protect themselves against clickjacking by disabling JavaScript. Additionally, the site says that Firefox is a safer bet because of its NoScript add-on, which allows users to selectively block scripts, and the ClearClick feature, which is designed specifically to protect against clickjacking.

Please click here for more details on the clickjacking technique.

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