WHOA Newsletter - December 18, 2006

WHOA Newsletter

December 18, 2006

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Only could happen this time of year

Ho! Ho! Ho! The bizarre abounds at Christmas
Chubby British children are reaching for fruit and vegetables this Christmas while Japanese shoppers are being tempted by the ultimate treat -- a Christmas cake decorated with diamonds.

As for Father Christmas, he is gallivanting happily in cyberspace but faces a tough time down on earth as children tug his beard, sneeze all over him and wet his lap.

Cash tills may be ringing on the Internet but in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, festive cheer is in short supply.

With a week to go, Christmas offers its usual diet of weird and wonderful tales around the world and 2006 is no exception.

With bad diet and sloth pushing up obesity rates in England, a self-help group of chubby little Londoners is getting together for weekly classes on nutrition to help them resist the culinary excesses of Christmas.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Cybercrooks hold PC data captive - 12/18/06
In the latest online scam, cybercrooks are breaking into the PCs of small businesses and individuals, locking up data and demanding money in return for freeing it.

More shoppers take online plunge; sales hit $670 million in record day - 12/18/06
Online retail sales from Nov. 1 through Friday were up 25% over 2005, says Internet market research firm ComScore Networks.

Cyber crime "better organised" in 2007 - 12/18/06
Next year will see organised criminals join forces with hackers to create a better run cyber criminal economy, according to predictions by security experts.

Online Auction Fraud Uncovered - 12/16/06
Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are using data mining techniques to identify perpetrators of fraud among online auction users as well as their otherwise unknown accomplices.

Firm not liable for worker's e-mail threats: Court - 12/15/06
An employer whose employee sent threatening e-mail messages over the firm’s computer is immune from liability as an interactive computer service provider, says a California state appellate court.

Case continued for cyberstalking suspect - 12/15/06
A former Transylvania County commissioner who was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for charges of cyberstalking had his case continued to January.

Net stalkers targeted 500,000 UK victims - 12/13/06
MORE than half a million Britons who use the internet have been victims of cyberstalking, it was claimed today.

‘Killa’ had mother on his hit list - 12/13/06
The 23-year-old Shrewsbury man who dubbed himself “Teenybopper Killa” put his mother and brother at the top of his “hit list,” according to Beth Stone, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office.

YouTube streetracing video brings arrests - 12/13/06
A pair of Winnipeg teens is facing charges following a landmark police investigation into street races that were captured on video and brazenly uploaded to youtube.com.

"Logic bomb" backfires on hacker - 12/13/06
A former UBS PaineWebber employee was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for planting a computer "logic bomb" on company networks and betting its stock would go down.

Feds Target Online Business Scams - 12/12/06
A combined federal-state task force announced Tuesday a law enforcement sweep targeting bogus business opportunities and work-at-home scams, including several Internet operations.

U.S. officials indict 21 in Internet fraud - 12/12/06
U.S. officials Tuesday announced the indictment of 21 people accused of bilking eBay bidders out of $5 million through an Internet fraud scheme that originated in Romania.

Ghana: Money Transfer Agents Now Fronting for 419 Fraudsters - 12/11/06
The police are accusing some personnel of banks that are into money transfer transactions of assisting 419 tricksters to defraud Ghanaians and foreigners of huge sums of money through the Internet. Police say some staff of money transfer agencies are also deeply involved in the trade.


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