Kanye West has NOT died in a car crash, but hackers still exploit the rumour

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Kanye West, known around the world for making a “jackass” of himself (at least according to President Obama) by interrupting an award acceptance speech by Taylor Swift, is the subject of an an internet hoax that is being spread rapidly across the internet.

The bogus reports, that are being forwarded between email users and across social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, claim that the award-winning rapper has died in a car crash in Los Angeles:

A bizarre car crash in Los Angeles involving two luxury cars early this morning rapper Kanye West dead, a second injured, a third arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and a fourth person was detained by police.

A Los Angeles Police Department officer who witnessed the wreck and saw a red Ferrari and a white Porsche “spinning out of control” on…

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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.