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Beware: Missing Malaysian Flight Malware Is a Thing

The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet
Indonesian Search And Rescue (SAR) personnel keep a lookout on a rescue ship that is heading to the Andaman sea conducting a search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane flight MH370, in the Indian Ocean, near the tip of Sumatra Island, Indonesia, March 15 2014. Hotli Simanjuntak—EPA

Facebook and Twitter links promising video of the missing plane are bogus

Don’t believe the web-hype. Fake links promising unsuspecting web surfers “shocking” videos of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are scams. Video links are spreading on Twitter and Facebook with titles suggesting that the flight was discovered and that handfuls of passengers have been saved, CNET reports.

How to spot a bad link? Sample hoax links could include headlines such as these:

“Shocking Video: Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found at sea”

“Malaysian Airplane MH370 Already Found. Shocking Video Release Today by CNN”

“Plane has been spotted somewhere near Bermuda triangle. Shocking videos released today. CNN news”

The Facebook links require those who click to complete a survey similar to ones frequently found on the site that request access to profiles. But in this case the information users provide goes to hackers. CBS News reports the company has removed the links; phishing scams and spam violate the sites community standards.

[CNET]

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