Hackers use AirAsia flight disaster to phish and spread malware

29887864_sThe tragic event of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, which appears to have crashed in vicinity of the Java sea with all 162 passengers on board, is being exploited by hackers. Hackers are using social media sites including Facebook with headlines such as ‘missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been found and all its passengers are safe and alive’ to lure people into clicking on a link. Unsuspecting users who click on the link are then forwarded to websites that are loaded with malware.

Victims who enter the sites reportedly had valuable personal information being stolen from them and now risk further exploits that are not known yet. One account claims that when you click on a video that is embedded within the web site, an executable file (.exe) is then loaded and executed which steals the user’s IP address and other critical information.

Protect yourself!

1. Ensure that you have the latest version of Emsisoft Anti-Malware, which gives your real-time protection against malware.

2. Be cautious of what sites are advertising information, especially from social media posts. If inclined to seek further information, trust a main stream news outlet.

3. If a website asks for you to download a file and you are not positive of what it is – DON’T!



  • Tempus

    Most hackers and cyber criminals is an opportunist,and seizes every possibility whatsoever, with no moral concern and respect. One has to be on your toes, if you receive such kind of emails after any major events.

  • raybloc

    I believe some people just lose their moral compass somewhere in life… unfortunately.