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Unfortunately MH17 Crash Being Leveraged by ‘Click Fraudsters’

Canberratimes.com.au published news on 21st July, 2014 stating a warning by Internet security experts as "so-called "click fraudsters" are exploiting the MH17 tragedy to collect heavy amount of money through lucrative Internet scams."

It is happening due to crash of a Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 which was apparently shot down over Ukraine on 17th July, 2014 on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam with 298 people on board who were all killed.

There have been news of setting up of scandalous Facebook webpages using the identities of those dead that are dispensing malware to embezzle personal information, besides others redirecting people to porn websites, online gambling websites and other spam using fake headlines, as accords to Australian SCAMWatch, an organization run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, published consumerist.com on July 21, 2014.

An example of bogus link headline reads: "Video camera caught the moment plane MH17 crash over Ukraine.'

Viewers are invited to watch the video of the crashing MH17.

Those types of headlines are not directing to any additional information, but instead to sex, quickly getting rich schemes, or to enterprises trading counterfeit drugs websites.

There have been fake online charity sites purporting to be collect financial help for families of those killed in the brutal air crash.

Canberratimes.com.au reported on 21st July, 2014 quoting Alastair MacGibbon, Director of University of Canberra Centre for Internet Safety, as saying "such click-fraud schemes are now common due to such major events or disasters."

He added that they were "very profitable" for criminals as they were rewarded with advertising or referral revenue for directing traffic to certain sites.

They often infected computers with malware also.

He said that crooks are quite fast these days to pick up any topical event or disaster and work out on this to earn money criminally.

This current Malaysian Airlines click bait scam is similar to a click bait scam which erupted in April 2014 on mysterious vanishing of Malaysian Airlines MH370 in mid-fight as people saw Twitter tweets, Facebook posts or email messages promising video or new information on MH370 but when clicked on the enclosed link, your computer got infected with some very nasty types of malware.

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