Jul 17, 2021 - Technology

Hacker steals identities of Surfside condo collapse victims

Part of a memorial for the victims of the Champlain Towers condo collapse in Surfside on July 15.
Part of a memorial for the victims of the Champlain Towers condo collapse in Surfside on July 15. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A hacker has stolen the identities of "multiple" victims of the Surfside condo collapse last month after seeing their names in the news, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told WPLG Local 10 on Friday.

The big picture: The mayor did not disclose how the criminal was able to steal the victims’ identities or how many have been stolen but said local authorities are investigating the thefts.

What they're saying: “[They] violated the rights of an individual, but worse than that, a deceased individual and a family that is grieving,” Burkett told WPLG Local 10.

  • "I can’t wait to put a face to these deeds right now, and I think all of South Florida is eager to see who would do something like this — what kind of person would do something like this?" he asked.
  • "But I’m looking forward to our police department apprehending them, and they are out there looking. I wouldn’t want to be that person right now."

The mayor urged the family members of victims to check with the victim's financial institutions to ensure they have not been targeted.

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