27 Feb 2016
MCMC: Fake account used to upload false ‘news’ of missing plane
Bernama Published 26 Feb 2016, 11:56 pm
The account used to upload ‘news’ claiming that a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft has gone missing from radar is fake, says the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
MCMC chief security officer of network, enforcement and advocacy, Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin, said the fake news was uploaded by someone using the fictitious name ‘Sharifah Sofia Syed Rashid’.
The MCMC is tracking down the person who uploaded the fake news that the MAS aircraft disappeared from radar while on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne.
It is investigated under section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for using network facilities or application to spread false news with intent to disturb others.
“The MCMC would like to warn the public not to spread, upload, or believe any news that has not been confirmed as genuine in order to avoid confusion,” he said in a statement today.
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The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has dismissed a rumour that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH149 went missing last night en route from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne, Australia.
The flight had taken off from KL International Airport at 10:07pm Tuesday (23rd February).
Bernama quoted DCA director-general Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman as saying that the flight has landed safely in Melbourne at 5:21am (8:21am Australian time) Wednesday (24th February).
The rumour circulated on social media was a false report disseminated by irresponsible people that could spark anxiety among the public, he told reporters. The report had said that Flight MH149 had gone off radar.
Real time air traffic tracker Flightradar24 also debunked the rumour late last night, stating that MH149 was safely flying at 35,000 feet.
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