Alexis Pilkington death exploited by scareware hackers

Graham Cluley

A 17-year-old girl who committed suicide on Sunday has had her name taken advantage of by hackers for financial gain.

Alexis Pilkington was a talented midfield soccer player who helped her team at West Islip Senior High School achieve victory at a Long Island, New York, championship last year.

According to some reports she was the victim of cyber-bullying on sites such as Facebook and Formspring.

Her father, 48-year-old Thomas Pilkington, who works for the NYPD, spoke to the press about his daughter’s death in the hope that it would encourage other young people not to bully each other online: “I’m not hiding what happened in hopes it saves another kid,” he said. “They don’t understand how much suffering and pain this does to those that are left.”


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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.