WHO@ Newsletter - June 30, 2008


JUNE 30, 2008

For those who celebrate - have a wonderful July 4th!

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .That's stretching it

Dutch police suspect giraffe for circus breakout

Fifteen camels, two zebras and several llamas and pot-bellied pigs escaped from a circus visiting Amsterdam early on Monday, police said.

"We suspect that a giraffe kicked open a pen," Dutch police said in a statement, adding that the animals did not get far before they were rounded up and returned to the circus.

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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)

Boyfriend's campaign of hatred - 07/01/08
WHEN Elvis Kovacic discovered his girlfriend was still friends with a former boyfriend he had never met, the 30-year-old accountant set out to destroy the man's reputation in an anonymous hate campaign of phone threats, pamphlet letterbox drops and emails.

Former Morris undersheriff pleads guilty to internet harassment - 06/30/08
A former Morris County undersheriff admitted this morning he posted sexually explicit photographs of a woman on the internet without her consent.

LVMH wins compensation from eBay in counterfeit case - 06/30/08
A court in France ordered eBay Inc to pay 38.6 million euros ($61 million) to luxury goods group LVMH for allowing the sale of counterfeit goods on its online auction site.

Hip Hop was under attack in cyberspace late last week by racists who hacked into the sites of AllHipHop.com and SOHH.com and swapped out the usual rap-related articles with fake headlines and racial slurs.

MySpace Users Struggle to Overcome Cybervandalism - 06/30/08
One of the first social networking upstarts, MySpace, is facing continuing security problems that threaten to spoil many of the innovative features that make the site useful.

Fraud: The ugly side of online shopping - 06/30/08
As the importance of the Internet grows, so does the online danger of identity theft and fraud. While it is possible to buy anything online, it can be a risky business.

Man auctions off his life, sale price disappoints - 06/29/08
A man who put his life up for auction on eBay found it wasn't worth quite as much as he thought when he settled for around A$100,000 ($96,000) less than his target price.

300 Internet death threats since Tokyo killing spree - 06/28/08
As many as 300 Internet warnings of mass murder and other death threats have been posted online in Japan after a knifing rampage in Tokyo left seven people dead, media said Saturday.

Man used GPS device to stalk victim, court told - 06/28/08
A GOLD Coast businessman who allegedly attached a high-tech tracking device to a female acquaintance's car has appeared in Southport Magistrate's Court charged with stalking.

Woman dies after buying banned slimming pills on the internet - 06/27/08
A young woman desperate to lose weight died in agony a day after taking a lethal dose of a banned fat-burning drug she bought over the internet.

Hackers Hijack, Redirect IANA and ICANN Web Sites - 06/27/08
Hackers calling themselves NetDevilz temporarily hijacked the sites of key organizations that control routing of Internet traffic and redirected them to a taunting page.

Philadelphia Man Arrested For YouTube Cop Threat - 06/27/08
Video Shows Security Guard Praising Murder Of Police 'Because I Hate Them'

Alabama Man Charged With Stalking Ex-Wife - 06/27/08
An Alabama man remained in Highlands County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bond after sheriff's investigators say he threatened and stalked his ex-wife as well as threatened to hurt or kill a Department of Children and Families investigator.

The password, please: Keep your sanity and your security - 06/27/08
Your head is aching and your eyes are blurry as you stare at the monitor. But, no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to remember if you created your password with your dog’s name or, wait, maybe it was your husband’s ...

He said, she said: Which is it? Facebook asks - 06/27/08
Social network site Facebook will press members to declare whether they are male or female, seeking to end the grammatical device that leads the site to refer to individual users as "they" or "themself."

Detectives: Beware of threatening email 'scam' - 06/27/08
Detective on the Treasure Coast say a threatening "scam" email is turning up in in-boxes throughout the region.

Rumana Says MySpace Stabbing Shows Need for Stricter Internet Controls - 06/26/08
Assemblyman Scott Rumana today said a MySpace fight between two girls that resulted in the stabbing of a 12-year-old is a prime example of why legislation he sponsored that protects personal information of children from being posted on the Internet and prohibits users from assuming false identities is necessary.

State attorney general becomes identity theft victim - 06/26/08
One of the first cases Attorney General Jack Conway’s new cybercrimes unit will investigate involves Conway himself.

Patten to Simmonds: "You are a coward;" Patten to Boone: "Blow me!" - 06/26/08
On the witness stand in the case of Lorenzo v. City of Venice et.al. last Wednesday, Councilman John Simmonds admitted that he had deleted most of his emails. With emails like the ones reproduced below, given the option of deleting them or releasing them -- yeah, deleting them probably seemed like the best option at the time, I'm sure. That's a big ooooooops.

Bismarck nursing student pleads not guilty to threats... - 06/25/08
A student at a Bismarck nursing school accused of making threats on the Internet against the school and other students has pleaded not guilty to felony terrorizing.

Atlanta Residents Not Using Available Wi-Fi, Says Survey - 06/25/08
Residents of the Atlanta metropolitan region are not using Wi-Fi hotspots, even though the city is the fourth highest metropolitan area for Wi-Fi availability and the highest rated "wired" city in the nation, according to a survey from Trend Micro Incorporated .

Malicious Spam Traffic Triples in One Week - 06/25/08
A massive bot recruitment campaign appears to be behind a record surge early this month in the volume of malicious spam -- from 3 percent of all spam traffic to nearly 10 percent, according to researchers with Marshal’s TRACE team .

Privacy on the Web: Is It a Losing Battle? - 06/25/08
Visit the Amazon.com site to buy a book online and your welcome page will include recommendations for other books you might enjoy, including the latest from your favorite authors, all based on your history of purchases. Most customers appreciate these suggestions, much the way they would recommendations by a local librarian.

E-mail threat suspect arrested in Wenatchee - 06/25/08
A search by Okanogan County Sheriff's Office for a 34-year-old Wenatchee woman led to her arrest June 18 in Wenatchee.

UT e-mail threat - 06/24/08
The Toledo man charged with ethnic intimidation against a well-known community member admits he made some strong statements, but he still denies they were threats.

Doctor pleads guilty to cyber stalking - 06/24/08
A Mississippi hospice doctor has been spared jail time after authorities say he threatened three women who he thought were complaining about his facility on a Web site.

MySpace prank or violent holdup? - 06/24/08
Police charged two Spotsylvania County men yesterday after a Timberwood Road resident called to report a break-in and death threat.
According to a press release from 1st Sgt. Liz Scott of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, the victim told police he woke up to his dogs barking at 7 a.m. and saw a man in a mask coming into his house.


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