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.
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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