recommended reading

Hackers Exploit MH17 Sorrow; Redirect Online Tributes to Malware

A man holds a sign which reads " MH17 Victims Rest In Peace" during a candlelight vigil for the victims who were on board the Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

A man holds a sign which reads " MH17 Victims Rest In Peace" during a candlelight vigil for the victims who were on board the Malaysia Airlines jetliner. // Vincent Thian/AP

Fake Facebook pages set up for victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are driving traffic to pop-up advertisements and malicious software on external sites, the Daily Mail reports. The passengers named include young Australian siblings who died with their grandfather.

The pages were created the day the plane crashed. They lured people to click on a link claiming to show footage of the disaster.

“Video Camera Caught the moment plane MH17 Crash over Ukraine. Watch here the video of Crash,” the link read.

The fraudulent Facebook pages have since been removed.

Security experts say it seems the external site was compromised to divert to adult hook-up sites and others selling counterfeit drugs. The third-party sites also contained malicious files that infect a user's computer if clicked.

Some users didn’t realize the Facebook pages were bogus and posted heartfelt messages: “Incredible, terrible...To lose your kids in this way...Such beautiful lovely children...no words...” one person wrote.

Read the rest at ThreatWatchNextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches.

And find out even more on “NG Cybersecurity,” our new iPhone app. 

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

    Download
  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.