Computer security specialist concerned hackers can pronounce you dead

Computer security specialist concerned hackers can pronounce you dead

We’ve all heard horror stories about the myriad ways hackers can infiltrate all aspects of our daily lives and throw the world into chaos with a few swift keystrokes. But apart from providing fodder for Die Hard movies, these doomsday scenarios often involve elaborate schemes, like taking control of traffic lights, co-opting drones and making them fly into people, and remotely opening the cell doors of maximum-security prisons.


Frankly, that all sounds exhausting.


In reality, a computer security specialist from Australia named Chris Rock (not the comedian) stumbled on another method. After watching a news report about a hospital in Australia that sent out 200 death notices instead of 200 discharge notices, Rock discovered that several countries have gone paperless with death certificates and instead have doctors fill them out online. The forms are then confirmed by a funeral home (also online). The problem, Rock discovered, is it’s up to the doctor and the funeral director to register themselves.


Rock told The Washington Post in 2015 that he was concerned someone could do a simple Google search to find a doctor’s name, office address, and medical license number and register as that doctor to legally declare anyone dead. He did acknowledge that it’s hard to say how real the threat from that kind of fraud would be, The Post reported.


While this is all very interesting, we hope they find a way to fix any glitches before the world is overrun by extremely frustrated zombies who only want to be declared undead and get their lives back in order.


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