Brad Pitt Death Hoax is Actually a Virus that Can Destroy Your Phone

By: Jon Corrigan

Facebook is warning users to avoid a hoax story claiming that Brad Pitt committed suicide.

Hackers, preying on the public’s interest in all things Pitt and Angelina Jolie, have embedded malware into a fake story that, if clicked on, could expose sensitive information.

The article, posing as a FOX News story, shows a black and white picture of Pitt with long hair and the words”R.I.P. Brad Pitt written on it.

People who bypassed the redirect page were shown a few lines of the fake story:

“Brad Pitt, 52, a multi-awarded American actor and husband of Angelina Jolie, 41, shot himself in the head at a shooting range on Sunday. He was under significant stress because the couple ‘were going through a divorce and he had a history of depression,’ sources have said.”

For anyone that has fallen for the hoax, Facebook suggests changing your Facebook passwords and running its malware scanner.

The hoax site has also run fake death articles about Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Jaden Smith, Jim Carrey, Sylvester Stallone and John Cena.

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