Hackers have managed to remotely disable the funeral home where an elderly woman had been visiting in southern India, and the family has reported the incident to police.
The woman, who is in her 70s, had been staying in the home since her death in February, and her family had been looking after the home in the village of Kavli in Karnataka’s Kozhikode district.
A team of three hackers, dubbed the ‘hackers’ team, had also made the home vulnerable to attack, police said in a statement.
The hackers had been monitoring the computer network of the home and made it vulnerable to being hacked, a police official said.
The home is connected to the internet and has CCTV cameras, the official said, adding that the hackers had also disabled all the computers connected to it.
“It is the first time that a family in the district of Kannada has reported that a hack has been made at a funeral home,” the official added.
Police said the funeral had been held on Saturday and the incident had been reported to the police.
The funeral home is situated in a forested area in the Kavali district, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the border with Tamil Nadu state.
Police said the incident took place at around 4:30pm on Saturday, but had not made any arrests yet.