Balloon Boy throws up on TV – Sick hackers take advantage

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

America has been transfixed with the story of Falcon Heene, the six-year-old boy who was believed to have accidentally hitched a lift in his father’s experimental helium balloon on Thursday.

Emergency services and TV stations scrambled into action as the nation held its breath – only to discover that the boy was not in the balloon, and concerns grew that he could have fallen to his death.

However, in happy news, Falcon Heene was found to be safe and well, hiding in a box in his family’s attic.

Normally the story would have ended there, but during an interview with the family on CNN’s Larry King show, Falcon’s parents asked their son why he had not…

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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.