$14 Million Fraud Over ‘Clickjacking’ IRS, Apple Links


What’s a “clickjacking scheme” and how did it go on to infect more than 4 million computers to the tune of $14 million dollars?

The scheme started four years ago and involved seven men who allegedly used multiple scam companies, including a bogus online advertising agency, according to the 62-page indictment.

According to this Wired article, an “infected user who searched for Apple’s iTunes store and clicked on the legitimate Apple link at the top of the page would be directed instead to www.idownload-store-music.com, a site purporting to sell Apple software. Users trying to access the government’s Internal Revenue Service site were redirected to a web site for H & R Block, a top tax preparation business in the U.S. The suspects received a fee for every visitor directed to the site.”


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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.