Friday, February 17, 2012

Dead man rising from Facebook

A hacker’s cruel hoax of seizing a dead man’s dormant Facebook account to play with his profile and “like” brand-name products and services from the grave sent a distraught Brockton woman to the Herald seeking help to end the social-media nightmare that has tormented her family.

The family’s anguish eased yesterday when Facebook promptly did what Susan Cunningham and her four tech-savvy kids couldn’t — deactivate the late Michael P. Marshalsea’s online profile.

“It’s amazing that you got it done when I’ve been trying for well over a week. I’m extremely relieved,” said Cunningham, 52, a hospital administrative assistant from Brockton. “But I still want to know who did it, though I’ll probably never find out.”