Van Morrison blames website hackers for baby rumours

Graham Cluley

Legendary Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison was widely reported earlier this week to have become a father again at the age of 64, with American producer Gigi Lee.

George Ivan Morrison III was said to have been the “spitting image” of his father – at least according to a statement on the official website of the grumpy curmudgeon who has delighted music lovers for decades with songs like “Moondance”, “Tupelo Honey” and “Gloria”.

However, the truth may be rather different.

According to a statement given by Van Morrison to Irish broadcaster RTE, media outlets had fallen for a hoax, after hackers posted a fake news story on the veteran singer’s website:

Statement on behalf of Van Morrison December 31st 2009

I have asked my Management Team to carry out an immediate investigation into a hacking attack, which took place on my website on December 29th last. This is the second occasion on which the website has been hacked into during the last three months.

In this most recent incident, claims were made relating to my personal life in a ‘statement’ purporting to come from me. Once these claims were brought to our attention, they were taken down from the site but not before news organisations repeated these falsehoods…

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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.