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