A quick warning today, watch out for clickjacking. A cooler (and funnier) sounding name has never been given to such a hurtful and cowardly deed ever. Clickjacking is a cybercrime in which someone online says that clicking a button, tab, link, or icon will do one thing; when in actuality it does something else. The something else is normally stealing personal information, downloading malware, or redirecting you to a website designed to steal information or download malware. The latest clickjacking (it’s even fun to type) incident involves facebook. A message circulating facebook advertises a link to a video of a spider being removed from under the skin of an unfortunate young lady. Morbid curiosity and the desire to see something epically disgusting might temp some to check out the video. Resist the urge.
If you do, you will be taken to a “age verification” page. That gives the scammers your date of birth. The site will ask that you “click Jaa to continue.” “Jaa” is Finnish for share, meaning you just shared this bit of clickjacked (even good in a different tense) malware to all your facebook friends. No one gets to watch the advertised video. It doesn’t exist. Sometimes you’re re-directed to a polling page, or it’s a porn page with lots of malware, but it’s always something bad. And the worst part, this could be the status update of someone that you trust. They could have either had their account hacked or have been taken in and inadvertently spread the malware to you.
So what’s the solution? Don’t follow buttons, icons, or links. If something says “check out the cool video of “whatever,” don’t click the link. Check the target by holding your pointer over the link and looking at the destination URL, or right click the link to check its properties. If you don’t recognize and trust the website you are being redirected to… don’t go. If you really want the video, go to your favorite trusted video site (YouTube, hulu, whatever) and search for the video in question yourself. It’s a hassle, but it will save you from clickjackers. (ok, sounds a little… I’ll just stay away from the noun form)
San Diego’s Comic-Con has come and gone. And the geek in me (ok, that is most of me) is sad to see it go. One of these days I’ll get to go to Comic-Con. Or if I had my choice E3. But I’m kind of glad it wasn’t this year. There was just a lack of things I was particularly interested in there this year. Jim Butcher, one of my favorite current authors was doing a reading from his upcoming book. That would have been cool, but he’s coming to KC very soon. I went and got his last book signed in Lee’s Summit last year. I would have enjoyed the screening of “Mortal Kombat Legacy: Episode 9.” MKL is an ongoing web-only series with an impressive cast and good visuals and effects. It tells the story of the videogame “Mortal Kombat,” in several different cinematic styles. Episode 1 and 2 introduces 3 of our heroes and 1 villain in a “current American action movie” kind of style. A style like the “Bourne” movies or the television show “24.” Episode 3 brings us another hero and villain and has a “reality tv” feel to it. Episodes 4 and 5 have a Japanese “anime” animation studio feel. Episode 6 has an “altered reality” feel like “Inception” or “Shutter Island.” Episodes 7 and 8 have a real “classic kung-fu” style with the look of modern Japanese action hits like “House of Flying Daggers” and “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.” And the current episode 9 is a cyber action hit like “The Matrix.” Even if you aren’t a fan of Mortal Kombat (or video games at all) if you like action movies these webisodes are worth a look. They are easily available on YouTube. I can’t wait to see how the creator, Kevin Tancharoen, blends these styles together as the characters interact next season.