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SCAM: 'Malaysian Airlines Finally Found' Video


As shared on Facebook, March 13, 2014:
Malaysian Airlines Finally Found! Watch the video.

Netlore Archive: Viral posts promote a video supposedly showing the finding of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Via Facebook

Description: Viral posts
Circulating since: March 2014
Status: SCAM (see details below)

Analysis: As in a dozen or more similar scams currently circulating via social media, users who click on links in postings promoting a video titled "Malaysian Airlines Finally Found!" (or something similar) are redirected to a page where they're asked to like and share the video before viewing it, unleashing a flurry of spam posts to their pages and possibly compromising the security of their accounts. (I know; I tried it. The news feed of my test page on Facebook instantly filled up with spam.) Users are then prompted to download special "Video Download Manager" software which is unnecessary at best and malicious at worst.

A concurrent scam touts a video with the absurd title, "Malaysia Plane MH370 Has Been Spotted Somewhere Near Bermuda Triangle," and another scam uses the title, "Malaysian Plane Crash Is FOUND!"

Don't risk the security of your Facebook account, your computer, or network by clicking on links in these bogus posts. If blurbs resembling the one above appear in your news feed, delete them. Advise friends to do the same.

As of this writing, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370, which disappeared over the South China Sea on March 8, 2014, is still missing. Obviously, no authentic video of its "finding" exists.

Here's some good basic advice from Facebook:

Think before you click. Never click suspicious links, even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or post) or in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam they could accidentally send you that spam or tag you in a spammy post. You also shouldn't download things (ex: a .exe file) if you aren’t sure what they are.

More examples of Facebook clickjacking scams:
"16 People Dead in Roller Coaster Accident" Video
"Girl Killed Herself Live on Cam" Video
"Hungry Bear Tear Women into Pieces" Video
"You Won't Believe What This Pregnant Girl Does!" Video
"Dead Mermaid Discovered in Florida" Video
"Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge" Video
"Will Smith Pronounced Dead" Video


How to Protect Yourself from Clickjacking Attacks
About.com: Internet/Network Security

How to Keep Your Facebook Account Secure
Facebook Help Center

How to Spot a Facebook Survey Scam
Facecrooks.com, 6 February 2011

Giant Snakes Eating Zookeepers and Unwatchable Videos
Sophos Naked Security, 13 June 2012

Last updated 05/02/14

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