No matter how many graphics you see, or how many web apps you run across, you must remember that the life blood of the internet is its linking capabilities. Without the ability to link to other parts of the web, the internet itself would be lifeless. With links, we are able to discover new parts of the internet that we didn’t even know we were looking for. For example, you might be looking for a town with a certain name. So you search in Google and when you find the town and their web site you see that the town is famous because a certain celebrity was born there. You now click on the link where the celebrity name is at and you are now off to another part of the web where the adventure awaits. This is the power that links hold. But sometimes that power can be abused.
That power can be abused by what is known as a click jacking attack. The mechanics of this type of attack are very simple but it still fools people all of the time. What you do to commence this type of attack is to set up a web page with certain images on there. Or it can be text but most of these attacks use images since they are most likely to be clicked on. So you have the image but unbeknownst to the visitor of the web site there is another link on top of that image. It is just set to be invisible so you cannot see it. So once you try to click on that picture, you will soon see that you are not being directed to where you thought you were supposed to go. You are actually on a different web page all together. And on this web page your computer can be getting attacked.
Most black hat hackers use this trick to make money, so instead of a piece of malware infecting your machine, you actually clicked an affiliate ad of some sort.
Click jacking is a simple attack that is still used all of the time. Just try to be careful so you do not fall for it.