If you see a link to a picture or video of the MH17 disaster in Ukraine, look out. Security experts have discovered scammers using the public outcry against this tragedy as a despicable way to share dangerous links.
Tweets and Facebook pages dedicated to the MH17 disaster have been linked to malware-infected pornographic websites.
Richard Cox, an online security specialist, believes that the hackers may be tracking popular social media hashtags to spread these dangerous links organically.
Cox and his team discovered that the sites would ask for a victim's phone number to "verify" the user's age.
"Whoever it is now has your caller ID and you could get a lot of nuisance calls."
Attacks like this are despicable, but could also be a symptom of how easy it is to track what we're talking about. The worst disasters could actually turn a profit for criminals willing to sink low enough.
You don't even need a complex algorithm to track what's popular on Twitter, just take a look at the trending topics to know what people are talking about. This could be the beginning of a wave of dangerous links posing as information about a global tragedy.