Gotye is NOT dead, despite what you may read on CNN iReport

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Twitter was all a flutter this weekend with users reacting to the alleged death of music star Gotye.

Many users claimed that CNN had confirmed the Australian singer had killed himself, pointing to what appeared to be a news report on the news service’s website:

“At 4:32 AM EST, it was reported that Gotye had shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun. He was pronounced dead at 4.45AM, and the investigation concluded that the cause of death was suicide.”

Well, that is CNN’s website – so should you believe the story of the singer’s suicide?

No. You see, CNN iReport is a site that allows anyone in the world to upload stories and pictures of breaking news events – without any pre-vetting from CNN itself.

In this case, a user calling themselves “MJTheDestroy” posted the bogus story. Of course, most Twitter users saw the article and felt its presence at a CNN web address was enough to confirm its authenticity.

Gotye…

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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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