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Officials: Hacker stole identities of multiple victims killed in Surfside condo collapse

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he's "looking forward to our police department apprehending" the suspect accused of these "terrible" crimes targeting condo collapse victims.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he's "looking forward to our police department apprehending" the suspect accused of these "terrible" crimes targeting condo collapse victims.

SURFSIDE, Fla. – Disturbing reports are emerging of a hacker taking advantage of those who were killed in the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside.

Officials said the criminal is seeing the victims’ names in the news and then stealing their identities.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told Local 10 News that he is astonished and hopes that an arrest is soon made.

“(They) violated the rights of an individual, but worse than that, a deceased individual and a family that is grieving,” he said.

Families are urged to check on the credit of their loved ones to make sure they too were not targeted.

[ALSO SEE: READ STORIES ABOUT THE VICTIMS]

“It’s terrible,” Burkett said. “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. 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 said he didn’t want to disclose further details about how the hacker was able to steal the victims’ identities because he did not believe it was helpful to release that information.

Authorities have not released further details about the crime or disclosed which victims were targeted.

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Disturbing reports are emerging of a hacker taking advantage of those who were killed in the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside.
Disturbing reports are emerging of a hacker taking advantage of those who were killed in the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside.

About the Authors:

Reporter Rosh Lowe is covering the Surfside building collapse and other news for Local 10 News.

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.