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What is Click Jacking?
By: Katie Gatto
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    2008-12-23

    Table of Contents:
  • What is Click Jacking?
  • The Danger of the Invisible Button
  • Reducing Your Click Jacking Risks
  • Reducing Your Risks, continued

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    What is Click Jacking? - The Danger of the Invisible Button


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    Okay, so they got you to click their invisible button. It doesnít exactly sound terrifying until you consider the fact that that click executes a whole range of things. That click could have just sent your banking data to Russia; it could execute a program in the background; it could turn on your camera and microphone so that you can be monitored; or it could just be downloading a virus on your system.

    Are you scared yet? You should be. On that list, the virus is the least of the possible evils. There is no terror quite like that of considering the possibility that you are constantly being monitored by your own computer. It kind of takes the concept of cyber-stalking to a whole new level -- one where you had better hope the computer is not on in your bedroom, or somebody might be watching you while you get dressed.

    In a lot of ways click jacking is an end-run around traditional security measures because those measures are meant to protect things from happening remotely or automatically to your system, and systems have a hard time determining whether you intended to click that button, or if youíve just been duped big time. Think about it; how may times do you have to click something online? You click the submit button for any form, open your e-mail, do your online banking, and a million other things during the average day. Your web browser has little in the way of a defense when it comes to telling which click belongs where, and which one of these things is not like the others.

    So, the next question is, why is this so much harder to fix than other Internet security problems? Well, thatís a good question, and I have two very good answers. First and foremost, scripts that create click jacking are hard to eliminate because they donít use JavaScript or any other secondary coding language, which is a big order for CSS/DHTML, the very heart of how websites are made. That means that fixing these click jacks is a tricky business, because if itís not done perfectly you run the risk of creating more bugs in the site. A fix the creates more problems isnít practical enough to cut it in the real world, and no site admin in their right mind would intentionally put more bugs onto their site, not even to fix an attack.

    The second problem that stands between us and an easy fix to click jacking is that checking relies heavily on frames, and those are so heavily relied upon that it is simply impractical to remove them from all of the web. Not to mention that the wide scale elimination of the use of frames technology would probably be fought by companies that sell online advertising, as it would hinder their business.

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