Scammers Use Missing Plane as Bait

Posted by Tobias Eichenseer Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:04:00 GMT

Since March 8, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner has been missing with 239 people on board. The entire world has been following the search efforts to find the plane through news sites, blogs and social media.

According to an article by Computer World, people who search for news about the missing plane may come across a fake Facebook page dedicated to scamming users for their money.

The page has a share button as well as blue and white graphics—similar to a legitimate Facebook fan page. However, if a person clicks on the site, they will be presented with a link that claims to be a Yahoo! News article, then a YouTube video and a final lure designed to generate money for scammers. 

The idea of the lure is to generate more clicks as apart of a Cost Per Action (CPA) scam. This is when advertisers charge companies according to the amount of clicks their advertisements received online.

As hackers and scammers become more innovative with their attacks, it is important to be extra aware and careful in terms of IT security. Hackers are on the prowl for unsuspecting social media users, insecure Wi-Fi networks and security holes. 

We at HOB are appalled by the bad taste and brazenness of the scammers, and condemn their attempt to enrich themselves by abusing the sorrow of other people. Our thoughts are with the families of the missing persons and we hope that they will soon have certainty about the fate of their loved ones. 

Readers, what are your thoughts on scammers taking advantage of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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