Viral Facebook posts claiming the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight has been found are pieces of malware and links to fake surveys posted by hackers, who are now profiting from people’s growing interest in the story.
As shown in the picture above, these “Breaking” news contain videos that look legitimate and claim the plane has been found in various places, from the Bermuda Triangle to having been spotted at sea, with many stating its passengers are “alive” or “saved”.
Here some fake posts’ examples:
“[Shocking Video] Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found in Sea.”
“Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found in Sea – 50 people alive saved.”
“CNN UPDATE [Breaking]Malaysian Airplane MH370 Already Found. Shocking Video”
Chris Boyd, a malware intelligence analyst for Malwarebytes, told Wired.co.uk that his company first saw the links spreading on Twitter, with “a mixture of tweets leading to known sites originally posted to Facebook and a new batch of spamblogs, survey scams [and] imitation news sites”.