Hackers are stealing the identities of those who have died in the recent condo-collapse tragedy in Florida.
The partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside took place on 24th June, and is considered one of the deadliest structural collapses in American history. As of the 20th July, 95 out of the 97 victims have been confirmed dead, and 2 remain unaccounted for.
Officials have stated that the criminal is using the news to find out their names and steal their identities. The families of the victims have been contacted and urged to check the credit of their deceased relatives
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett spoke to local Florida news station 10 News and said he hopes an arrest will soon be made.
“(They) violated the rights of an individual, but worse than that, a deceased individual and a family that is grieving,” he said.
“It’s terrible. I can’t wait to put a face to these deeds right now, and I think all of South Florida is eager to see who would do something like this – what kind of person would do something like this. But I’m looking forward to our police department apprehending them, and they are out there looking. I wouldn’t want to be that person right now.”
The mayor did disclose further details and authorities have not released further details about the crime or victims involved at this stage.