Facebook Users Hit By 'Likejacking' Attack

Researchers at security firm Sophos have issued a warning to the members of social networking platform Facebook against a 'likejacking' attack on the platform.

A link takes users to a page promising photos of the '101 hottest women in the world', but when visitors click anywhere on the page, it installs a malicious worm onto the computer system that then spreads the message to their Facebook friends.

Graham Cluley, senior security consultant at the firm, explained that the worm places an update on users' News Feeds, claiming to their friends that they 'Like' the link.

The link eventually redirects the users to the official Maxim website.

This clickjacking attack, like other attacks of this kind, is designed to make money from advertisements.

Cluley said: “The social network should tighten up the way it handles the 'liking' of external webpages before it is more widely abused by malicious hackers and spammers.”

The company has advised affected Facebook users to remove the link from their News Feed and warn their friends about the attack.