Hacked, Even in Death

Susan Hall

Hackers are even using death notices in an attempt to cash in, reports The New York Times.


After a Boston woman was killed in an auto accident, a friend noticed a Web site purported to contain a video of her memorial. But when he tried to watch it, he was told he had to download software to do so. When he clicked on the link, it took him to a URL similar to the one used in the hacking of Alicia Keys's MySpace page last month that sent viewers to a malware-laden site.


And a search of the woman's name turned up pages of pay-per-click ads with the copied Boston Herald story on the accident. The site Xomba removed the material, and CEO Nick Veneris said it violated its rules. But he said users or staff would have to flag such content for it to be caught.

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