The process of having someone officially stamped dead by getting a death certificate issued typically involves a doctor filling out one form and a funeral home filling out another, according to Rock's research.
Once forms are submitted online, certificates declaring the listed person legally dead are generated.
A fatal flaw in the system is that people can easily pose as real doctors and funeral directors [...]
Doctors practicing general medicine often don't bother setting up accounts at online portals for filling out information for death certificates.
An aspiring online assassin can step into that void, and borrow the identity of a doctor.
Setting up accounts requires a doctor's name, address, and medical license number. A basic Internet search will turn up that information, which is publicly available for the well-intended purpose of letting people check that physicians are legitimate before seeking care.
Drop down boxes containing illness categories and online guides are available for filling in "doctor speak" on forms and avoiding medical causes or circumstances that might trigger needs for autopsies or investigations, Rock's demonstration showed.
Borrowing a funeral director's identity to establish an online account for death certificate purposes was shown to be simple as well. Required information about legitimate funeral directors is posted on the Internet, and one could even claim to work at a funeral home.
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.
"Once you log on as a doctor, not only can you kill someone, you can actually birth someone,"
Read more: securityweek.com
This takes "swatting" to an entirely new level... Just contemplate for a second the amount of paperwork you could cause for an individual to convince authorities they have risen. lol.
Humor aside, this is pretty nefarious, and I wonder how many indebted college kids will give this a whirl.
Sure, it's illegal as hell, but sure would be a fun prank for the ex as her soul is already dead, so what's the harm eh?