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Facebook, Washington AG join in fight against 'clickjacking'

The Associated Press
Facebook attorney Ted Ullyot talks to reporters in Seattle on Thursday, as Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna looks on at left, about a new legal strategy to combat a scam affecting Facebook users.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna is joining with Facebook to launch a public attack on the internet scam known as “click jacking.” 

Adscend is the Delaware company behind the so-called click-jacking scam. “Clickjacking” involves computer codes embedded in links that you click on that triggers Facebook’s “Like” feature.

And Attorney General Rob McKenna says it then places provocative booby-trapped messages on your Facebook Wall. The original message gets re-posted to other Facebook Walls, propagating the scheme.  Adscend gets commission for all of those clicks. 

Craig Clark is Facebook’s lead litigation counsel. He says Adscend works with a network of affiliate spammers to pull off what is estimated to be a 20 million dollar a year business.    

“We can and do play whack-a-mole with individual spammers; we sue them we go after them, we stop them.  We want to also efficiently target the head of the snake where we can.”      

Clark says Facebook launched a fix to combat this particular click-jacking tactic, but new iterations of spam appear all the time. He urges common sense and says if that salacious link doesn’t look like something your friend would send – she probably didn’t.  

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