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Monday, October 22, 2007

Net Crimes Newsletter - October 22, 2007

Net Crimes Newsletter

October 22, 2007

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .this sucks, er, I mean sux

After fight, airport embraces SUX code
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071022/ap_on_fe_st/odd_airport_identifier;_ylt=AiefDfvy9zjKvdjM5tvDzaTtiBIF

City leaders have scrapped plans to do away with the Sioux Gateway Airport's unflattering three-letter identifier ­ SUX ­ and instead have made it the centerpiece of the airport's new marketing campaign.

The code, used by pilots and airports worldwide and printed on tickets and luggage tags, will be used on T-shirts and caps sporting the airport's new slogan, "FLY SUX." It also forms the address of the airport's redesigned Web site ­ http://www.flysux.com.

Sioux City officials petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration to change the code in 1988 and 2002. At one point, the FAA offered the city five alternatives ­ GWU, GYO, GYT, SGV and GAY ­ but airport trustees turned them down.

Airport board member Dave Bernstein proposed embracing the identifier.

"Let's make the best of it," Bernstein said. "I think we have the opportunity to turn it into a positive."

He noted that many airports, including some of the busiest, have forgettable three-letter codes.

"I've got buddies that I went to college with in different cities that can't even remember their own birthdays, but they all know the Sioux City designator ­ SUX," he said.

Mayor Craig Berenstein, who in 2002 described SUX as an "embarrassment" to the city, said he views the new slogan as a "cute little way" to make light of the situation.

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Perez's No-love Letter from Prison - 10/22/07
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2007/10/perezs-nolove-letter-from-prison.php
The federal prison system's most lawsuit-happy inmate has filed against portly provocateur Perez Hilton on charges of "Internet Stalking."

Conmen hijack eBay user identities - 10/21/07
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article2702642.ece
FOREIGN criminals are stealing the credentials of British users of the internet auction site eBay to perpetrate large-scale fraud.

Sharp users trip up criminals - 10/19/07
http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/techforum/2007/0710190900.asp?A=VIR&S=Virus%20Watch&O=FPPN
Judging from some of the headlines this week, it would appear that online avenues of security attack, such as those through eBay and PayPal in the US, for example, are starting to diminish, says Brett Myroff, CEO of master Sophos distributor, Netxactics.

SuperValu loses about $10 million in e-mail scam - 10/19/07
http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/188597.html
SuperValu, which bought most of the Albertsons supermarket chain last year, has fallen prey to an e-mail scam, losing about $10 million after wiring money to fraudulent bank accounts, according to federal court filings.

Wal-Mart tries to stop early Black Friday ad posts - 10/19/07
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071019/wr_nm/walmart_blackfriday_ads_dc;_ylt=AkfsMhK37c53QJ2eml6AQAX6VbIF
Wal-Mart's lawyers have an early holiday message for Web sites that post "Black Friday" ads ahead of their official release date: Don't do it.

Major pirate website shut down - 10/19/07
http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2195407,00.html
One of the world's most-used pirate film websites has been closed after providing links to illegal versions of major Hollywood hits and TV shows.

Call for web harassment watchdog - 10/19/07
http://www.webuser.co.uk/news/news.php?id=150465
A housing company has called for the Government to set up an internet ombudsman to protect the public from online defamation and harassment.

Facebook to Improve Safety Policies - 10/18/07
http://www.enews20.com/news_Facebook_to_Improve_Safety_Policies_03193.html
As a result of the consumer fraud investigation that has been recently made by the New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Facebook has just announced that it is to improve its web site with tougher safety policies. Pornography, harassment and any other inappropriate behaviors won’t be capable of madden the Facebook users anymore as in the past.

Stalker hounded tutor for 4 years - 10/18/07
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article2681334.ece
A mature student received a six-month jail sentence yesterday, suspended for two years, after breaching a restraining order imposed to stop her pestering a lecturer on whom she had a crush.

Accountant ‘controlled money from victims of e-mail fraud’ - 10/18/07
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article2681370.ece
A respected accountant was behind a bank account used by a gang of internet fraudsters to con victims out of £1.25 million with promises of inheritance and lottery wins, a court was told yesterday.

The Absolute Poker Cheating Scandal Blown Wide Open - 10/17/07
http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/the-absolute-poker-cheating-scandal-blown-wide-open/
A few weeks back I blogged about allegations of cheating at an online poker site called Absolute Poker. While things looked awfully suspicious, there wasn’t quite a smoking gun, and it was unclear exactly how the cheater might have cheated.

Cyberstalking; it's frightening, it's intrusive, and it's against the law. - 10/17/07
http://community.emeraldcoast.com/news/person_19308___article.html/contact_stalking.html
Jane was surprised to see her estranged husband sitting in a booth at the restaurant. He disliked Chinese food and always complained when she ordered it. How would he know she was there meeting her girlfriends for dinner? He lived across town and she picked this particular restaurant feeling assured he would not be there. She had only communicated via email with her friends, so she found it puzzling that he seemed to know her every move.

Man accused of hacking into 911 - 10/16/07
http://www.ocregister.com/news/home-emami-county-1894171-ellis-system
SWAT officers expected to find a victim shot to death, drugs and a belligerent armed suspect when they surrounded the home of an unsuspecting couple, but found they were only a part of a false emergency call caused by a teenager who hacked into the county’s emergency response system, authorities said.

Net organ transplant broker arrested - 10/16/07
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22598579-23109,00.html
A JAPANESE man who brokered human transplant operations on the internet has been arrested in China and charged with violating laws on organ trading, Chinese officials said today.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Net Crimes Newsletter - 10/15/07

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Hamburger, hamburger, no Coke, Pepsi!

Pepsi, Coke rivalry becomes physical
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071013/ap_on_fe_st/odd_coke_pepsi_fight;_ylt=AuAtQ3ZcgYiqjPs_zNxTPFLtiBIF
The long-standing rivalry between Coke and Pepsi took a physical turn Friday when a Pepsi deliveryman allegedly punched his Coke counterpart in the face at a western Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, state police said.

The two deliverymen were "apparently bickering back and forth" while unloading their wares at the Indiana County store, police said. When the Coke deliveryman left the store, his counterpart allegedly punched him in the face three times, breaking his nose and giving him a black eye, police said.

No charges have been filed, but police characterized the incident as a misdemeanor simple assault.

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E-mail threat to blow up NSE, BSE buildings - 10/15/07
http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14543538&vsv=SHGTslot1
An anonymous e-mail threatening to blow up the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges was received on Monday, prompting the police to step up security at the key buildings here.

Could businesses lose face over Facebook? - 10/15/07
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/news.nv?storyid=single9414
Social networking sites like Facebook have exploded in use in Ireland recently, but IT experts are warning of privacy concerns.

Online thieves looting nest eggs - 10/15/07
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_7168203
Employees at a small company in the San Fernando Valley thought their retirement funds were safely secured by a brokerage that managed the money.

Latest Internet crime hits home - 10/14/07
http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071014/NEWS02/710140456
The man told Millcreek Township police he had a shotgun, and that one person was already dead inside a Montpelier Avenue home.

Cyber threat to personal details - 10/14/07
http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/cyber-threat-to-personal-details/2007/10/13/1191696235979.html
COMPUTER hackers have cracked the defences of dozens of top government and business sector internet sites this year, raising concerns about the safety of consumers' financial and personal information.

Web site offers virtual sex, drugs - 10/12/07
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=6fb05fa9-f8ab-4669-9a41-1ced17d968d9
Police are concerned about a Web site being set up in B.C. that combines Facebook-like social interaction with virtual drug deals and naked characters having sex.

China censors ratchet up Web monitoring - 10/12/07
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071012/ap_on_hi_te/china_internet_controls;_ylt=AjeobrAd8IyjohOxaSG5uqX6VbIF
At first, Liu Xiaoyuan just fumed when his online journal postings disappeared with no explanation. Then he decided to do something few if any of China's censored bloggers had tried. He sued his service provider.

Birthday boy's father and brother battered by YouTube party gatecrashers - 10/12/07
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=487045&in_page_id=1770
A mob of young thugs took gatecrashing to a sickening new level when they battered the father and brother of a boy holding his 16th birthday party.

Police trace Internet threat to ex-Saline student - 10/12/07
http://blog.mlive.com/annarbornews/2007/10/police_trace_internet_threat_t.html
A former Saline schools student was in protective custody this morning after he posted messages on the Internet threatening an attack on schools, police said.

Stalking not all for Facebookers - 10/11/07
http://badgerherald.com/artsetc/2007/10/11/stalking_not_all_for.php
One-hundred-and-thirty-one percent of University of Wisconsin students have an account on Facebook. At least, this is the number that comes up by dividing those on the UW-Madison Facebook network (54,355) by the number of students currently enrolled at the university (41,466).

Nigerian puppy scam Web of deceit - 10/11/07
http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2007/10/11/news/offbeat/289759.txt
Stephanie Wegman wanted a puppy, and thought she had found a bargain on the Internet. The senior at Santa Clara University in California exchanged e-mails with James Moore, who was offering his puppy free to a good home because he was a missionary recently assigned to Africa.

Nigeria goes after scammers - 10/11/07
http://www.mercurynews.com/columns/ci_7145584?nclick_check=1
Some people are gullible. Some are greedy. Some are stupid. That's how Ibrahim Lamorde explains why so many have fallen for e-mail financial scams that have originated from his home country of Nigeria over the years.

Man arrested after online threats aimed at Mt. San Jacinto College - 10/10/07
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_beast11.3ad2dd3.html
An expelled student from Mt. San Jacinto College who calls himself "Beast" has been arrested after posting a threat on a television network Web site, college officials said.

Man to serve 2 1/2 years in Web kidnap plot - 10/10/07
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-hsu2oct10,0,3331961.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines
The former manager of a $95 million hedge fund will spend 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to recruiting strangers to rape and kidnap his ex-mistress.

Police: Man Terrorizes Ex-Girlfriend, Grandparents - 10/10/07
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/14303979/detail.html
A man was arraigned after police said he terrorized and stalked an elderly couple in their Detroit home on Hubbell Street after their granddaughter and the man broke up.

FTC Stops International Spamming Enterprise that Sold Bogus Hoodia and Human Growth Hormone Pills - 10/10/07
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=19620&zoneid=18
Spammers must stop sending unwanted and illegal e-mail messages about hoodia weight-loss products and human growth hormone anti-aging products that the Federal Trade Commission alleges don’t work. At the FTC’s request, a district court judge ordered a halt to the e-mails and to product claims that the FTC charges are false and unsubstantiated. The law enforcement action, announced today at an international meeting of government authorities and private industry about spam, spyware, and other online threats, is the first brought by the agency using the U.S. SAFE WEB Act to share information with foreign partners.

Suspended Sentence for Threatening Agos Newspaper - 10/10/07
http://www.bianet.org/english/kategori/english/102243/suspended-sentence-for-threatening-agos-newspaper
A penal court in Sisli, central Istanbul, has punished 19-year old Ridvan Dogan, who sent a threatening email to the Agos newspaper after the murder of its editor Hrant Dink, with a two-year suspended sentence.

Auction of lock of Che's hair provokes threats - 10/09/07
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/story/264970.html
The Texas auction house that's preparing to sell Ernesto ''Che'' Guevara memorabilia is getting threatening calls from Che supporters.

Miss England in MySpace fake profile storm - 10/09/07
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=MZVK4JJOUUFZRQFIQMGCFGGAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2007/10/08/nmyspace108.xml
Miss England is on a quest to reclaim her identity after an imposter on the social networking site MySpace made her out to be a "thick" and "tarty" dipsomaniac.

Friday, October 12, 2007

A funny, but thought-provoking email I received

From a friend:

"Hi Jayne,
Did you see this - http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071003/ts_nm/target_blind_dc. Target is being sued because the website is not blind friendly.

I need some duct tape, my head's about to explode. It's like the candy machines with the dots on the numbers for the blind. Ok, they know which number to press, but who tells them which candy bar is in the slot, the F**king seeing eye dog?"

He has a point.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Net Crimes Newsletter - 10/08/07

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .A real "your grandpa is your pa" story

Man, 72, to donate sperm for "grandchild"
A 72-year-old man is to donate his sperm to his daughter-in-law, allowing her to become a mother and produce a "grandchild", fertility authorities said on Friday.

The unnamed man is donating his sperm because his son and daughter-in-law's attempts at IVF treatment failed due to the poor quality of the husband's sperm, according to the Evening Standard newspaper.

"It's not uncommon for someone in the family to donate, although normally the age limit for sperm donors is 45," said a spokeswoman for Britain's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which has advised the clinic overseeing the 72-year-old's donation.

"What's uncommon in this case is the donor's age."

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Abused women in fear of texts, emails - 10/08/07
Breaches of protection orders by text messaging and the internet are a growing problem for people trying to escape abusive relationships, social groups say.

Spokane man sues city for violation of civil rights- 10/07/07
A Spokane man, who was falsely imprisoned for cyber stalking, is suing the city of Spokane after his damage claim was ignored.

Officers warned about email abuse - 10/07/07
Police in west London have been warned about sending "inappropriate" emails from other staff members' computers.

Miss. residents get e-threats - 10/07/07
Several Mississippians have reported receiving a threatening e-mail: Pay up or die.
The extortion e-mail is one of the latest Internet scams to hit the state.

Oneida Police Announce Arrest for Email Threat - 10/06/07
Just before 8:30 Friday night, Oneida tribal police announced they arrested the man they believe is responsible for threatening tribal leaders.


Fireworks Riveted Alleged Cyberstalker
- 10/06/07
Timothy Joseph Vaughn's family understands the magnitude of his arrest for cyberstalking and making explosives.

University Of Louisville Students Respond To Online Threats - 10/05/07
After becoming the targets of online threats, some students at the University of Louisville are finding their own way to react.

SyFriday: Stalking Is No Joke (And Stop Blaming Victims) - 10/05/07
There has been some chatter over the last week about a cease and desist order "Battlestar Galactica" star Mary McDonnell received against a woman she claimed was stalking her and her children. The reaction was a bit interesting, but not surprising considering how some people take celebrity news.


Police smash £1bn internet fraud gang
- 10/05/07
British police yesterday hailed the arrest of an international gang of fraudsters as a landmark victory against internet crime, following a sting across four countries. More than £8.5m worth of fake cheques and other fraudulent documents were seized in a series of overnight raids across the UK in a joint operation overseen by Britain's Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Man jailed over Facebook message - 10/05/07
A husband banned from contacting his estranged wife was jailed after he inadvertently sent her a message on the social networking site Facebook.

Internet deals too good to be true usually are - 10/04/07
When Robert Raser's classified ad to sell bedroom furniture for $125 appeared online, he got much more than he asked for. Raser received a $3,900 cashier's check from a buyer who wanted the excess funds wired back to him via Western Union.

Brave new world of online fraudsters - 10/04/07
I am shocked - shocked! - at reports that the Chinese military has penetrated foreign government networks. What kind of a low-down, sneaky military would do that?


You've got mail, and a Nigerian scam attempt
- 10/04/07
All the people in Emily Szymborski's e-mail address book received the e-mail.
She was in Nigeria, got robbed and needed help: $1,800 wired via Western Union, to be exact.


Thompson enters a guilty plea
- 10/03/07
The self-proclaimed “Teenybopper Killa” was sentenced last Wednesday to prison after admitting in Worcester Superior Court that he made online threats against people who had picked on him when he was in high school.

Malaya columnist gets death threat via email - 10/03/07
A newspaper columnist critical of the Arroyo government has received a death threat via email warning her that her criticism of the regime may cost her her life.


Reverend accused of stealing couple's gift cards
- 10/03/07
A woman who advertised her services as a reverend on Craigslist was arrested after police say she performed a marria


Steal on eBay
- 10/02/07
A woman has been arrested after stealing more than 3,500 items worth £60,000 from a supermarket and then putting them up for auction on eBay.