Fake news sites’ main objective may be to steal personal data

KUALA LUMPUR: Be careful the next time you want to read a story with a headline that is too good to be true.

You may be exposing yourself to cybersecurity risks.

CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab advised Internet users to think twice before visiting pages of fake news sites they see on social media as these sites may be fishing for personal information.

“Some malicious code may be embedded in the fake news site,” he said.

Users may even be asked to provide personal information or log in to their social media accounts to view pages on these fake news sites, exposing them to risks of having their data stolen to be used in phishing scams and cyber harassment.

The Government’s Internet security agency said it received 93 reports of online hoaxes this year, although 88 of them simply involved social media accounts impersonating someone else.

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