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

Network intrusion / Stolen credentials

85M User Accounts Compromised from Video-sharing Site Dailymotion

See threatwatch report

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

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

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

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