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13
Jun
2011

Late on Sunday, I got a weird message from a colleague.

He had done a Google News search, looking for latest press coverage on F-Secure and had found something weird.

fraudnews

I was not familiar with this news source, so I checked their front page.

fraudnews

And there it was. A fabricated article claiming that me and fellow security researcher Brian Krebs were arrested for selling stolen credit cards. As a sidenote, the article also mentioned that we were lovers. Now, let me make it clear: Neither of these claims are true. I like Brian, but not like that.

Here’s the fake article:

fraudnews

So, I called Brian up. He had already seen the article and had a pretty good idea who had done it, too. We have no idea how it ended up on fraud-news.com though.

Of course, fake news like this travel fast.

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So let me just state it for the record that I’m not arrested and I have not been involved in selling stolen credit cards…

Signing off,
Mikko

PS. The fake article is a modified version of a real article written by Brian in 2007. The fake screenshot is based on a posting on a real crime forum at omerta.cc/showthread.php?t=1474

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