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Ig Nobel-winning Indian murder trick can be adapted for the Internet

The non-biologically-murderous trick that led to an Ig Nobel Peace Prize for the living dead can be easily adapted for the Internet age, suggests an AFP report.

The 2003 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Lal Bihari, of Uttar Pradesh, India, for a triple accomplishment: First, for leading an active life even though he has been declared legally dead; Second, for waging a lively posthumous campaign against bureaucratic inertia and greedy relatives; and Third, for creating the Association of Dead People.

The AFP reports, today, on a high-tech version of this form of murder:

Def Con: Hackers can virtually kill people, manipulate death records, Australian security expert says

A rush to make registering deaths digital has made it simple for maliciously-minded hackers to have someone who is alive declared dead by authorities, an Australian computer security expert says.

Getting birth certificates for virtual babies was demonstrated to be even easier than killing off people in the digital world, because registering births online only involves doctors and parents.

Hackers at the infamous annual Def Con gathering in Las Vegas on Friday got schooled in how to be online killers.

“This is a global problem,” Australian computer security specialist Chris Rock said, as he launched a presentation titled I Will Kill You….

You can learn more about the original, low-tech murder method — and about the prize-winning response of some of the murder victims — on Improbable Research podcast #11: The Knight of the Living Dead.

Click on the “Venetian blinds” icon — at the lower right corner here — and then select “EPISODE 11: The Knight of the Living Dead”:

(Thanks to Kurt Verkest for bringing this to our attention.)

BONUS: A Times of India report about how some of the living dead are standing for election to political office.

 

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