Fake e-mail claims Senator Dianne Feinstein died of cancer

You usually know someone's hijacked your best friend’s email when you get their note suggesting you buy pharmaceuticals from some online dealer. Now it appears somebody's been trying to imitate e-mail accounts of several members of Congress, including California’s senior senator.

It started with e-mails that looked like they came from the U.S. Senate.

The fake press releases said four prominent Democratic senators – including California’s Dianne Feinstein – had died of cancer. The reports of their demise were greatly exaggerated.

Now Capitol Police are trying to figure out who sent the e-mails. The Senate sergeant at arms is telling staffers how to prevent it from happening again.
It started with e-mails that looked like they came from the U.S. Senate.

The fake press releases said four prominent Democratic senators – including California’s Dianne Feinstein – had died of cancer. The reports of their demise were greatly exaggerated.

Now Capitol Police are trying to figure out who sent the e-mails. The Senate sergeant at arms is telling staffers how to prevent it from happening again.

The Senate does use an e-mail validation system that will allow email recipients on Capitol Hill to check whether messages came from official Senate sources. But if you’re not on their server, you won’t get the validation notice. The sergeant-at-arms called the fake e-mails “irritating and in poor taste” but “not the crime of the century either.”

Senator Feinstein’s office says only that police are investigating the matter.

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