Profiting Hackers Spam Viral Facebook Links of “Flight MH370 Found”.
A recent surge of viral Facebook posts have appeared claiming the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight had been found are only links of fake surveys and malware being posted by hackers, who are trying to profit off from people increasing interest on this story.
Some of these face posted sites have asked people to share groups such as “Pray for MH370″ on Facebook, while others link take people to a real looking news site, where users are forced to click on “share” before being able to view the video.
Previous Appearances and profits.
These scams have previously appeared before during disaster stories such as the Japanese Tsunami back in 2011 and the Philippines earthquake the previous year. Boyd, Who also tracked down these previous scams in relations to these events said:
“They ranged from Malware and 419 scams to fake donation pages and search engine positioning.”
“Anything involving a potential disaster is big money for the scammers, as there’s a split between clickers with a penchant for salacious content and those who simply want to know if a relative is OK, or if there’s any more news on a breaking disaster.”
Scammers would profit from these fake surveys that appear when people click on the links in the posts, while users are in the process of filling the surveys out, personal information will begin to be shared with third-party marketers who have bought the information.
Boyd continued with saying that popular scam pages can be shared “hundreds and thousands of times” and that “there’ big money in it for anybody willing to plumb the depths of human misery”