Haunted by hackers: A suburban family’s digital ghost story

Kevin Roose at Fusion tells the harrowing story of a suburban Chicago family terrorized by hackers:

After the bomb hoax, the Straters began getting a deluge of unwanted items delivered to their house. Tow trucks. Flowers. Large quantities of sand and gravel. A load of flat-rate boxes from the Post Office. Someone called Comcast, pretending to be Paul Strater, and cancelled the family’s cable plan. Their electricity and gas contracts were nearly shut off, too, before a last-minute call averted a cancellation. Paul and Amy’s AOL email accounts were hacked, and Amy’s school loan documents were stolen

Around 4:00 a.m. on the night of October 24, 2013, police officers descended on the Straters’ house to respond to a call from someone identifying himself as Blair Strater, who told the dispatcher that he had taken PCP and murdered his mother. (The police left after verifying that Amy Strater was, in fact, alive.)