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Clickjacking scam on Facebook

 by John Moe // Posted: 08/18/10 11:09 AM

The bad guys are getting into Facebook in some pretty weird ways lately. The other day we talked about a fake “Dislike” button app that ends up spamming the heck out of you and your friends on Facebook. It was annoying but largely harmless. Today, there’s word of a more harmful scam going around. It lured people in with a fake link to “10 Funny T-Shirt Fails” or something similar. Once you clicked on it, it provided a bunch more links you’d have to click through until eventually you unwittingly authorized the app to tack on an ongoing weekly $5 charge to your cell phone bill. I’m writing this in the past tense because Facebook found out and took it down. Both the clickjacking and the Dislike scams were first reported by the security firm Sophos. Seems like Facebook might be the new frontier in getting hornswoggled.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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