Fake Malaysia Airlines news websites being used to exploit users: Trend Micro

19th March 2014 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Trend-Micro-logoNew Delhi, March 19, 2014: According to a research by cyber security

firm, Trend Micro, cybercriminals are exploiting the disappearance of a

Malaysia Airlines plane by luring users to websites purporting to offer the

latest news in order to steal their personal information.

Trend Micro suggests Internet users should exercise caution when clicking

on links shared on social media for news of flight MH370, which

mysteriously vanished from the radar in the early hours of March 8 while on

its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


There is no trace of the aircraft or the 239 people on board, despite a

massive international search.


Trend Micro’s global network of research, service and support centres,

TrendLabs has spotted an executable file disguised as a video that, when

clicked, allowed scammers to collect a user’s data, such as his or her IP



Given the heightened interest in the missing flight, cybercriminals used it

to their advantage.


Another scam enticed Facebook users to click a link that leads to a page

with the heading: “(BREAKING NEWS) Malaysia Plane Crash into Vietnam sea

MH370 Malaysia Airlines is found!”


When the link is clicked, users are taken to a fake page with a “ready to

play” video. Further clicks will prompt the user to share the link before

the video can be viewed.


Sharing the video, of course, helps cybercriminals spread their malicious

link to other users. After sharing, the user will be asked to verify his age

by completing a ‘test’. The test was nothing but another survey scam.


“Cybercriminals have previously used tragedies such as last year’s Super

Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the deadly bomb attack on the Boston

Marathon to lure unsuspecting users to malicious websites. User’s should

click with caution is such situations as cyber criminals try to cash on

such activities. Securing your PCs, tablets and mobile phones with an

up-to-date security software is also recommended to the netizens”, said

Dhanya Thakkar, Managing Director, India & SAARC, Trend Micro.


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