Facebook Security

Authored by Corey Ballou

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“Likejacking” Term Catches On

Back in late April, following Facebook’s f8 conference, a few articles began trickling out regarding possible security concerns with the new “Like” button. I had, at that time, unknowingly positioned myself as the potential originator of the term “likejacking.” In the comments section of How to “Like” Anything on the Web (Safely), I coined the term like-jacking; seeing a strong correlation between malicious usage of the button and clickjacking.

"Likejacking" Term Coined

Little did I know that my term would be on the forefront of a media frenzy, where a plethora of articles would be posted in a matter of minutes regarding the subject. The frenzy can be attributed to the release of two articles from security experts at Sophos regarding the topic:

An entry on Likejacking has made its way to Wikipedia. I urge security experts and web developers alike to please moderate and update the entry as it is in dire need of an overhaul. This will aid in a speedy addition to Wikipedia as well as a thorough, well-documented resource for web users to gain insight on this new security threat.

Please click here to contribute to the Likejacking Wikipedia article

Author: Corey Ballou

Corey is a professional PHP developer specializing in custom web applications development. He is currently the lead developer of awesome at He is an avid blogger, open source contributor, beer lover, homebrewer, entrepreneur, and Queen City PHP co-organizer. You can follow him on Twitter @cballou.

  • webcrone

    Kinda scary but who would benefit from this? And who will now base the popularity of a particular product/service now it is clear ‘like’ is not a valid barometer of Facebook Folk?