What Is Link Jacking?

What Is Link Jacking?

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Advocate
 Last update: November 25, 2023

Link jacking is internet fraud that occurs when a user clicks on a seemingly legitimate link only to be redirected to a malicious website.

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The link may appear in an email, instant message, or on a website and can often be difficult to distinguish from a legitimate link.

Once the user clicks on the link, they may be taken to a fake website that looks identical to the original site but is designed to steal personal information or infect the user’s computer with malware.

Key Points

  • Link jacking is a method of hacking where attackers take advantage of vulnerabilities in a website’s code to insert their own malicious links into the site.
  • These links can then redirect visitors to malicious websites or install malware on their computers.
  • Link jacking is a serious security threat, and websites should take measures to protect themselves from it.
  • Users should also be aware of the dangers of link jacking and exercise caution when clicking on links from unknown or untrustworthy sources.
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional