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Google Fighting Clickjacking

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

The good guys & girls at Google have our backs, once again


Remember when we wrote about
Google preventing DDOS attacks? And when we talked about Google fighting entire armies of botnets, just to keep the internet safer for us all to use? If you liked those stories, you’re going to love this one too!

Google recently published on their Inside AdWords blog about their newest fight: the fight against clickjacking websites.

Clickjacking is a malicious trickery, where an attacker essentially gets people to click on pernicious buttons. They do this by making these buttons invisible, sometimes overlaid on top of a video play button, and even can be programmed to track mouse movements so that the invisible button will follow your mouse wherever it goes! These buttons maliciously get users to click on them and direct them to pages that were not desired.

There are a number of ways that you can help prevent these kinds of attacks on your own system. Google is aware that these practices are taking place on their display network and are now in the process of finding and eliminating the clickjackers on the Google Display Network. 

Google states:

“When our system detects a Clickjacking attempt, we zero-in on the traffic attributed to that placement, and remove it from upcoming payment reports to ensure that advertisers are not charged for those clicks.”

“When our system detects a Clickjacking attempt, we zero-in on the traffic attributed to that placement, and remove it from upcoming payment reports to ensure that advertisers are not charged for those clicks.”

Learn more about the story on their blog, here!

If you have any questions about any malicious activities or problems in dealing with them, we can help. Give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll see what we can do 🙂

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