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Criminals using Malaysia Airlines MH17 to compromise users with spam

Cybercriminals are sending out spam emails regarding Malaysia Airlines MH17, in their effort to compromise users trying to learn more about the crash
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jul 21, 2014 10:18 pm

Cybercriminals are capitalizing on media attention of the Malaysia Airlines MH17, with a constant barrage of tweets, Facebook status updates, and emails promising additional information about the crash. Most recently, a reported "video" of the Malaysia Airlines crash posted on Facebook actually links to a pornographic website - and other similar spam efforts are likely on the way.




"When a disaster like this happens it's a great opportunity for all sorts of scammers," said Ken Gamble, Australian chapter chairman of the International Association of Cybercrime Prevention, in a statement to the media. "It's a great opportunity to prey on people's vulnerabilities and emotion is the greatest one."


Cybercriminals typically launch spam attacks following major international incidents - and it's becoming easier - as news is so frequently shared via email and social media. As emotions run high, criminals want to compromise users as they try to learn more about the incident and share details with friends online.


If you come across any of these scams via social media, you can report it to [email protected] on Facebook, or @spam and @safety on Twitter.


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