I was shocked to read that online scammers were exploiting the recent mystery of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 by enticing unsuspicious victims with their malicious phishing scam.
So what is a scam exactly?
An online scam is a fraudulent attempt to obtain something of value, usually money from an unsuspecting victim.
Online scams come in many different forms. In this instance, the scam is spread via various social media platforms. You are then redirected to an unfamiliar website to watch a “breaking news” video. Once you play the video, you are permitting access for malicious software (malware) onto your device. Malware can disrupt operation, gather personal information such as password and banking details and can be easily spread to further devices. For some helpful tips on how to protect yourself online refer to the following ScamWatch link.
Whilst the internet provides a range of benefits, everyone including young children and teenagers in particular need to be educated of the potential dangers lurking in the cyber world. Students expect that their schooling, like the non-schooling part of their lives, will be rich with digital technologies (Howell, 2012). Therefore as teachers, we must be diligent by understanding and educating ourselves about online safety and use online tools made available to help educate our students.
The following link contains a fun and informative video about internet safety for young children.
Howell, J. (2012) Teaching with ICT – Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Scammers using videos of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 to spread malware (n.d) Retrieved March 23, 2014 from http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1131829