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Monday, September 15, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - September 15, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .This is titillating
Lewd vandal leaves greasy imprints on Neb. town
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080912/ap_on_fe_st/odd_crude_dude;_ylt=AlgSxjcKwW3qpTFroWg2hiDtiBIF
Boy, how people here wish their busiest vandal would find another way to make his mark. Beginning more than a year ago, some man has been skipping from one business to another at night, pressing his naked behind ­ sometimes his groin, sometimes both ­ on windows. Store owners, church workers and school janitors have had to wash lotion and petroleum jelly off the windows he selects.

"This is the weirdest case I've ever seen," said police Chief Ben McBride.

Some residents of Valentine, a town of about 2,650 people, find some humor in the strange vandalism and have taken to calling the perpetrator the "Butt Bandit." But they also can't help but cringe when finding his marks.

"We were completely grossed out," said Kalli Kieborz, who works in a downtown building. "One day I walked into the office and an employee said, 'Oh, my God, we've been struck!'"

The police chief is far from amused.

"It's not funny," McBride said. "We're worried about the next step."

It started in spring 2007, when the window of a Methodist church was greased with an imprint. McBride figured it was a high school prank. But the church kept getting hit, even after police staked it out.

The bandit struck business after business, window after window last summer.

Then he ­ and maybe, McBride said, copycat vandals ­ stopped over the fall and winter.

"People said he was done," McBride said. "Then he started back up this summer."

During one particularly brazen session, virtually all the windows at a local hotel were imprinted.

McBride said no one has reported seeing the vandal in action. The only clue is a blurry picture of him caught by a surveillance camera at the middle school last year.

The man was 6-feet-tall or slightly taller, and slender. He had a dark complexion, and McBride said the man's dark hair was styled in a "1980s, feathered look."

Valentine, in remote north-central Nebraska, promotes itself as "The Heart City." Downtown sidewalks are painted with hearts, and locals encourage people from around the country to send their Valentine's Day cards to the local post office so they can be mailed out with the word "Valentine" stamped on them.

"This is not normal behavior for Valentine," Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott said. "It's not funny or something people want to be exposed to."

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Virginia Supreme Court Overturns Spammer's Conviction - 09/15/08
http://www.dailytech.com/Virginia+Supreme+Court+Overturns+Spammers+Conviction/article12945c.htm
The Virginia Supreme Court declared an anti-spam law unconstitutional, which led to one of the country's most notorious spammers to be released from prison.

Train collision probe to examine text messages - 09/15/08
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/09/15/train.collision/?iref=mpstoryview
Federal investigators said Sunday they plan to obtain the cell phone records of two teenagers and the engineer of a commuter train to determine whether text messages played a part in a head-on collision that killed 25 people.

Cyber Criminals, Cyber Crime And You - 09/15/08
http://www.timesoftheinternet.com/1641.html
Don't be a victim to a cyber stalker. Takes the proper steps to identify them and bring their negative actions to a stop.

Employers Admit Checking Facebook Before Hiring -09/14/08
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/151044/employers_admit_checking_facebook_before_hiring.html
Increasing numbers of employers are checking out potential staff's social networking profiles, says Careerbuilder.com.
The job-search website surveyed employers and found that 20 percent of companies admitted to checking out candidate's profiles on social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace before deciding to employ them. A further 9 percent said they planned to start reviewing potential employees social-networking pages in the future.

YouTube blocks terrorism training, drug abuse - 09/14/08
http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/15409.cfm
The video-sharing site YouTube has added new stipulations to its community guidelines, this time banning terrorist training and 'drug abuse' videos.

Bloggers test limits of free speech - 09/14/08
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080914/NEWS/809140333
Liar, virus, femme Nazi. Janet Joakim can ignore the names.
She can even look past the pictures of her face pasted to Osama bin Laden's body that have appeared on the Internet.

Google knows where you at - 09/13/08
http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/09/13/google-knows-where-you-at/
This week Google announced Mobile Search with My Location, for devices running on Windows Mobile. By either using GPS or cell-ID, Google can tap into your location and deliver location-specific information.

Taliban using Skype phones to dodge MI6 - 09/13/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1055611/Taliban-using-Skype-phones-dodge-MI6.html
Taliban fighters targeting British troops in Afghanistan are using the latest ‘internet phones’ to evade detection by MI6, security sources said last night.

Top medic enters web abuse row - 09/12/08
http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/7270/Top_medic_enters_web_abuse_row.html
THE former director of a training programme for young Scottish doctors has signed a petition calling for the immediate re-instatement of a junior Inverness surgeon suspended for allegedly making insulting comments on a website.

Cyberstalking suspects say it was a prank - 09/12/08
http://www.projo.com/news/content/NO_PAWTUCKET_CYBERSTALK12_09-12-08_RMBIC7S_v18.16e4a48.html
Two women from Pawtucket say they were just pulling a prank. But, according to Rhode Island State Police it was no laughing matter, and Friday morning Trina Young, 23, and Melissa Young, 19, were both arraigned on cyberstalking charges.

Two Charged For Internet Stalking, Harassment - 09/12/08
http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2008/09/12/internet_stalking/
State Police have arrested a Livingston man for internet harassment and stalking after he posted his ex-girlfriend’s personal information and that of her family on MySpace.

E-mail threats, scams spark warning in Ontario County - 09/12/08'
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20080912/NEWS01/809120344/1002/NEWS
The Ontario County's Sheriff's Office has received several dozen complaints in recent months of threats and scams from e-mails.

Mom allegedly uses daughter's ID to be cheerleader - 09/12/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080913/ap_on_fe_st/odd_cheerleading_mom;_ylt=AhrB8dzOAYjYr0t4SA8Pu5PtiBIF
A 33-year-old woman stole her daughter's identity to attend high school and join the cheerleading squad, according to a criminal complaint filed against the woman.

Man Again Charged With Harassing Ex - 09/12/08
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/police/all-5lowermac.6584697sep12,0,1104984.story
A 19-year-old Emmaus man -- who was sentenced two weeks ago to two years probation for taking a handgun to the Emmaus High School campus to threaten his ex-girlfriend -- was charged Monday with making threats over the computer to the same woman, state police at Fogelsville said.

Faceless no more: Social networking comes with a price - 09/12/08
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080912.wgtprivacy0913/BNStory/Technology/home?cid=al_gam_mostemail
Jennifer Porter is a little freaked out.
The 17-year-old is hunkered over a sheaf of papers scattered across a spotty Tim Hortons table in Ajax, Ont., one hand flipping pages, the other twirling an oversized blue earring. She brushes an errant lock of sandy blonde hair away from her face, looks up and giggles nervously. "That's kind of creepy," she says.

Couple nets probation in identity theft case - 09/12/08
http://www.wilsonpost.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=522&Itemid=15
A couple has received probation in a case involving the identity theft of the man’s ex-wife. Kathryn Hulsey offered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Wilson County to three felony charges of identity theft. She originally faced 37 counts of identity theft.

Email Security: Big Risk to Organizations and Individuals - 09/11/08
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0433004.htm
A new report from Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), sheds light on the escalating dangers facing organizations that do not take adequate steps to safeguard their data, their computers, their brand and even individuals who are becoming victims of targeted, individualized attacks.

Blogger accused of harassment over Flight 93 design - 09/11/08
http://www.dailyamerican.com/articles/2008/09/11/news/news/news630.txt
People who have responded to an Internet blogger’s criticism of the Flight 93 National Memorial design now say they have been harassed by the blogger.

Coxsackie woman held in cyber-ID theft plot - 09/11/08
http://www.thedailymail.net/articles/2008/09/11/news/news2.txt
A vindictive man who posted his ex-girlfriend’s personal information, along with that of her family, on the Internet was recently arrested, said police.

Workplace Issues Examiner - 09/11/08
http://www.examiner.com/x-816-Workplace-Issues-Examiner~y2008m9d11-Why-Wait-Until-January-Career-Resolutions-to-Start-Now
Just to prove that my constant “come on guys, no more procrastinating” ranting isn’t just a silly game or futile attempt to appear motivating, I’ve decided to tackle my New Year’s Resolutions ahead of schedule this year. Why wait until January? No time like the present to kick our effort up a notch, get fired up, and decide once and for all, that this is it.

New tool creates fake YouTube pages for spreading malware - 09/11/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/cnet/20080912/tc_cnet/8301100931003997483;_ylt=As9Cw5aTOum6SGfbwDwZ_Tj6VbIF
Cybercriminals are getting more and more business-like. The latest examples involve a tool that automates the creation of fake YouTube Web sites that can be used to deliver malware and password-cracking services for sale.

'Naked on web' threat - 09/11/08
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/rhondda/2008/09/11/naked-on-web-threat-91466-21711931/
AN abusive husband threatened to post nude videos of his wife on the internet unless she withdrew a police statement, a court has heard.
Mother-of-three Caroline Belmont said she was a “nervous wreck” and “no longer felt safe” because of the actions of her estranged husband, Thomas Kevin Belmont.

Web designer sues Brat City for assaulting hyperlink - 09/11/08
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/11/the_legality_of_deep_linking/
Last year, Jennifer Reisinger, a Web developer from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, received a letter from the city. It demanded that she cease and desist the publication of a hyperlink on her web site pointing to the home page for the Sheboygan Police Department.

Facebook Members Forced To Face New Changes - 09/10/08
http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1550286/facebook_members_forced_to_face_new_changes/
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, a leading online social network, will begin forcing its users to make an adjustment that they might not be inclined to make.
If there’s anything 24-year-old Zuckerberg has learned over the past 4 years of Facebook’s evolution it’s that even the site’s most loyal users are usually opposed to new cosmetic and functional changes to the site.

Textual harassment - 09/10/08
http://thestar.com.my/youth2/story.asp?file=/2008/9/10/youth2/1977729&sec=youth2
It’s much easier to stay in touch these days. But our communication devices also render us vulnerable to harassment.
One afternoon, *Sara “signed in” at the guardhouse of her friend’s apartment, in order to obtain a visitor’s pass to enter the building.

Feeding the Trolls - 09/10/08
http://www.seattleweekly.com/2008-09-10/diversions/feeding-the-trolls/
Dear Dategirl,
You're a cunt­let me tell you why. If you'd like to have a debate on why you're a cunt, I can do a dialogue with you. If you'd like to try to figure out if I'm a great guy or a dickhead, please, let's play. I might let you win but doubt that you'll even make it to first base. I've read your shit and you kind of suck. In fact, you pretty much suck. Maybe I'll let you lick my nut sack but it'll cost you.Take care,
Tom (Yeah, I'm in the military.)
You can salute my cock.

AFD: More suspensions may follow after 2 disciplined for viewing porn - 09/09/08
http://www.kvue.com/news/newton/stories/090908kvue_AFD_pornography_discipline-cb.5c9840ad.html
The Austin Fire Department is dealing with a public image problem involving firefighters accused of viewing pornography while on duty. Two firefighters have been suspended over it. And as many as three dozen more are under investigation for what's called, suspicious use of the internet.

Judge hears Soboroff case - 09/09/08
http://www.clintonherald.com/local/local_story_253112816.html
A ruling on charges of harassment and extortion against Calamus resident Jeffrey Soboroff could come as early as next week following a brief bench trial in Clinton County District Court on Monday morning.

Dozier Sues College Dropout for Trademark Infringement - 09/09/08
http://www.richmond.com/business/25426
The Dozier Internet Law Firm, a Richmond-based law firm that protects clients’ reputations, trademarks and intellectual property on the Internet, has filed a lawsuit in Henrico County Circuit Court to protect its own trademark from Internet abuse.

Flaherty testifies at U.S. stockbroker's e-mail threats trial - 09/09/08
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/09/09/flaherty-trial.html
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty testified in a Louisiana courtroom on Tuesday against a man who allegedly sent death threats to him and his three children by e-mail.

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