Adam Ant is NOT dead – despite what you may have read on the net

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Messages have spread rapidly across Twitter and Facebook in the last few hours, claiming that the 1980s British popstar Adam Ant has died.

According to the messages, the musician – who had hits with songs such as “Prince Charming” and “Stand and Deliver” – died from injuries he sustained in a jet ski accident on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Although some users are just tweeting their respects at the “news” of Adam Ant’s death, others are posting a link to what appears to be an online news report about the musician’s death.

It’s a very sad story. Or at least, it would be if it was true.

Here’s what you see if you follow the link.

Do you notice the “adam.ant” in the url? I wonder what happens if I change that to include my own name.

Well fancy that – I’m a dead musician!

Some small print, included at the bottom of the webpage in a tiny font gives the game away for anyone who hasn’t realised that the report is utterly bogus:

FAKE… THIS STORY IS…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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