Facebook is on a new mission: to take down clickjackers

Facebook is cracking down on clickjackers.

Facebook has teamed up with the Washington Attorney General to put real resources toward getting rid of spam on the social network — starting with a lawsuit.

“Security is an arms race, and that’s why Facebook is committed to constantly improving our consumer safeguards while pursuing and supporting civil and criminal consequences for bad actors,” Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot said in a statement.

The two have filed lawsuits against affiliate network Adscend Media, which Facebook says is known to support “clickjacking” schemes, and other forms of tricking users into giving up personally identifiable information or money.

Clickjacking schemes involve hiding code in a link, or under a picture in the browser that otherwise would be a normal click-through point. In Facebook’s case, this exists as enticing links to see a weird video, or find out what cool thing happened on your birthday. The code in the link, however, executes a download or may redirect a user to an undesirable website. Other scams include creating a fan page that lures users into accessing a web page and inputting personal information or signing up for a scam. This kind of spam is more in line with phishing scams.

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