WHOA February 26, 2007 Newsletter

WHO@ Newsletter

February 26, 2007

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .But it's kind of a good idea

Heavy petting? Try this Dutch dating Web site
Looking for the love of your life? Does your pet put potential partners off? -- There is now a Web site where you can find a partner compatible with your dog, cat, snake or spider.

A new Dutch Web site -- www.dier-en-mens.nl -- says it is a meeting place for all animal lovers, whether you are looking for a partner, someone who also likes snakes and spiders or someone who takes care of your chickens when you want to go away for the weekend.

"How can you find a nice partner who is just as crazy about animals as you are?" said Betty Mercey on Sunday who launched the dating site this weekend which is called "Animal and Human."

Members of the site can describe themselves and their pets, and when they think they have found someone who also likes their pets, they can contact each other through the Web site.

"I've heard from friends who have pets that it is difficult to find a partner. Specifically if you have more than one pet," said Mercey, who owns thirteen dogs and four cats with her partner.

Since the launch of the Dutch-language Web site, inspired by similar sites in the United States and Britain, 13 people have registered, of which the majority are female, Mercey said.

"I think women are quicker to do these things, and that there are more women than men who have several pets, as men tend to work full time and have less time for animals," she said.

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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)

Phishing Sites Explode on the Web - 02/26/07
Think the new built-in phishing filters in Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 will protect your private data? Think again. The number of sites devoted to phishing skyrocketed last year, and the number of Americans taken in by phishing schemes has nearly doubled. In November 2006, the last month for which data is available, the Anti-Phishing Working Group found 37,439 new sites, up an astounding 709 percent from the 4630 sites in November of 2005.

Potter author sues eBay over pirate books - 02/26/07
In fiction his enemies are evil wizards and magical beasts, but Harry Potter’s latest adversary is a real corporation with a turnover of more than £2 billion.

Councillor shaken by net threats - 02/26/07
Sickening threats have left a county councillor badly shaken – after she backed plans to scrap middle schools in Suffolk.

Malaysia cracks down on Internet scam - 02/26/07
Malaysia's securities watchdog said Monday it has frozen two local bank accounts, shut down two Web sites and questioned several people suspected to be involved in a global Internet investment scam.

Lincoln Tan: Internet a playground for hate, scammers and villains - 02/26/07
In the past week, I have seen how the internet can bring out the worst in people.

Legislators see twist on threats - 02/25/07
Two lawmakers in as many months have gone public about threats they received over their stance on illegal-immigration bills.

Europe seeks to tighten some online laws - 02/24/07
Some European countries are proposing outlawing the use of fake information to open e-mail accounts or set up Web sites, a move intended to help terror investigations but which could face resistance on a privacy-conscious continent.

Confiscated airline carry-on items become big sellers on eBay - 02/24/07
What happens to those scissors, lighters and the occasional machete confiscated at US airports? Some land in an Ali Baba-style cave here, to be auctioned on eBay.

Scammers prey on vulnerable - 02/24/07
Every day, people are taken in by con artists and suffer severe losses.
Even if you haven’t been a victim, chances are you’ve come across many scams and scam artists, or suspected you might have.

Alaska police crimp wireless surfer - 02/24/07
Free wireless Internet service at a public library in Palmer, Alaska, doesn't mean its available for use after hours.

Cyberstalkers lurk where caution lags
Put online safety first, advise victims, authorities - 02/24/07
Lynse Williford's trouble started with a conversation she had online. It ended with the frightened 21-year-old calling the police.

Spokane police admit errors in cyberstalking investigation - 02/23/07
Police say a detective misinterpreted information from an Internet social networking site, leading to the arrest of an innocent man for cyberstalking a family he never met.

Racy Web photos linked to 'Idol' singer - 02/23/07
The Internet was abuzz Friday over a series of racy photos linked to an "American Idol" contestant. The pictures, posted on several Web sites, included one with four women posing topless at the beach, their hands covering their breasts, and others with a woman engaged in a sex act.

German fraudster protests jail term up 22 meter pole - 02/23/07
A German father of five sentenced to jail for online fraud is protesting against his conviction by occupying the top of a 22 meter (72 foot) pole.

Hanshaw: Technology makes life convenient for criminals too - 02/23/07
The importance of analysis is crucial for any business or operation. Understanding and identifying problems allows for the proper resolution of an issue. By analyzing data, trends can be identified and resources deployed. Things change and time certainly has a way of passing by; sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.

The Tangled Web: Why It’s Not Regulated - 02/23/07
You find information or photos of you on the internet and you don't know how or when they got there, do you have any legal rights to ask for it to be removed? In most cases the answer is no.

Egypt bloggers fear state curbs - 02/22/07
A court in the port city of Alexandria has sentenced a young Egyptian blogger to four years' jail for contempt of religion, insulting the president and spreading false information.

Golfer Zoeller sues Miami firm for Wikipedia posting - 02/22/07
Pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is teed off over what he calls defamatory statements about him on Wikipedia.

See Jane Run: Keep Your Cool, Dudes, When Given the Brushoff! - 02/22/07
http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/12208/The phone rang minutes after we got into her apartment. A couple of messages already awaited her on her answering machine, and the girl -- I'll call "Amanda" -- let out a deep sigh.

MP Thrilled Google Shut Down CYFSWatch Web Site - 02/22/07
Green party MP Sue Bradford says she is thrilled to hear a controversial website that contained a blog suggesting she should be physically assaulted has been shut down.

Cyber crime; Police concerned about growing number of unlawful activities perpetrated on internet - 02/21/07
With so many information technology savvy people accessing the Internet and criminal acts being perpetrated, authorities say the penalty for cyber crime in The Bahamas needs amendment.

The three top online threats and how to counter them - 02/21/07
The same Internet connection that lets you reach out and touch millions of Web servers, e-mail addresses, and other digital entities across the globe also endangers your PC and the information it contains about you. Here's how to stymie the three gravest Internet risks.

Don't Let Bad Guys Pose as You - 02/21/07
Like a con artist who disguises himself as you so he can walk unmolested into your office building, a small but growing type of online threat takes advantage of Web site programming flaws to try to access your online accounts.

E-mail Threats on the Rise - 02/20/07
The sender often threatens you and your family, if you don't do what they ask. The tactic is called "Cyber Threat", and countless people have fallen victim to it. Fortunately Jessica Burns knew better.

Cyber Stalking - 02/20/07
Colleges and universities all across the country have beefed up security over the years to protect their students from attackers and other forms of crime.

Detective: New Web laws not cure-all - 02/19/07
While a recent online harassment case in Danville started a push for computer crime legislation, some experts say the problem isn't that laws don't exist to fight such crimes ­ it's that agencies don't know how to use those laws.


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