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WHOA Newsletter - September 8, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

September 8, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Holy Carp!

Fish flies out of lake, breaks Arkansas teen's jaw
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080908/ap_on_fe_st/odd_flying_fish;_ylt=Aq5eVoRH2ct1FSfU4ltjx9btiBIF

It's a fishing tale that packs a wallop so strong it broke the jaw of a southeastern Arkansas teen and covered him in fish blood and guts.

Seth Russell, 15, of Crossett, was cruising Lake Chicot on a large inner tube towed by a boat when a Silver Asian carp leaped from the water and smacked him in the face. Seth was knocked unconscious.

"He doesn't remember anything at all," the boy's mother, Linda Russell, said last week. "He was laughing, and the next thing he remembers, he is waking in a hospital."

The teen has had oral surgery to wire several teeth together and still experiences back pain that doctors attribute to whiplash from the high-speed collision, his mother said.

He's not the only one who's has a run-in with the "flying" Silver Asian carp.

"They do not fly, but they are quite good jumpers," said Carole Engle, director of aquaculture and the fisheries center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. "Over the past year, we have had some calls about fish jumping and causing injuries on Lake Chicot.

"Their jumping behavior is a problem, and their population appears to be growing there," Engle said.

Silver Asian carp were first imported to the United States in the 1970s. Catfish farmers brought them here to remove algae and other suspended matter from their ponds. The Environmental Protection Agency started a program allowing cities to use the fish to help clean the water in sewer treatment plant ponds.

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'Our gentle son has been threatened with rape if he goes to a US jail' - 09/08/08
http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.2442319.0.our_gentle_son_has_been_threatened_with_rape_if_he_goes_to_a_us_jail.php
THE PARENTS of a Scots computer expert who faces extradition to the US for hacking into the Pentagon and other military installations have claimed that he has been threatened with rape in an American prison even before his trial.

Officials warn about e-mail scams - 09/08/08
http://www.acorn-online.com/joomla15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7903:officials-warn-about-e-mail-scams&catid=55:weston-local&Itemid=112
The FBI and Better Business Bureau are warning business owners about phony complaints filed against them or their company by what looks like the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration or Better Business Bureau.

Al-Qaeda bruv in 'bomb-making' vid - 09/08/08
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1659274.ece
THE brother of an al-Qaeda terrorist has posted a sick joke video on YouTube ­ boasting about making a bomb.

Grand jury to determine if online threats prosecuted -09/08/08
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080908/NEWS/809080331/1001/news
Authorities are leaving it up to a federal grand jury to determine whether an Olive Branch man accused of making threats against President Bush on a MySpace account will be prosecuted.

Expert offers online safety tips: Urges parents to be aware of what their children are doing on the Internet - 09/08/08
http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080908/GJNEWS_01/709089938/-1/FOSNEWS
One local woman during this back-to-school season is reminding children, teens and adults about the Internet's dangers.
Jayne Hitchcock, president of Working to Halt Online Abuse and the Working to Halt Online Abuse-Kids/Teens Division, teaches people how to protect themselves from stalking, harassment and solicitation over the Internet.

Atlantans fall victim to international crime schemes - 09/07/08
http://www.sundaypaper.com/More/Archives/tabid/98/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2996/Default.aspx
This summer, one Atlantan was mugged in London and another detained by hotel security in Nigeria. Both were left starving and alone on foreign streets, without ever leaving the country. This is their story.

Creating a 'Facebook for spies' - 09/07/08
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10034509-93.html
One might expect James Bond's MySpace page to list shaken martinis, Walther PPKs, and Aston Martins among his interests.
While that scenario is a bit far-fetched, agents for the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency are testing a social-networking site designed for use by analysts within the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, according to a report on CNN's Web site. Instead of posting thoughts on music and movies, the agents use the site--called A-Space--to share information on terrorist activities and troop movements around the world.

MAN SHOT BY 'CRAIGSLIST' GUN TAKES AIM AT SITE - 09/05/08
http://www.nypost.com/seven/09052008/news/regionalnews/man_shot_by_craigslist_gun_takes_aim_at__127576.htm
A Manhattan boutique owner is suing craigslist.com for $10 million, claiming he was shot with a gun purchased on the popular Web site.
Calvin Gibson, 50, who was shot six times by his schizophrenic neighbor in the East Village on July 24, believes the classified site is partially responsible.

Judge Tentatively Refuses to Dismiss Internet Harassment Case - 09/05/08
http://www.news10.net/news/national/story.aspx?storyid=47309&catid=5
A federal judge has tentatively rejected two motions to dismiss charges against a woman in a MySpace hoax that allegedly led to a 13-year-old girl's suicide.

Probe on into e-mail threat to NESO adviser - 09/05/08
http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=sep0608/at09
Assam Police has sought the assistance of its Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to help in tracking an e-mail address, purportedly belonging to a militant outfit that has been issuing threats to the life of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) advisor Artex Simre.

"Twilight" author drops new book after Web leak -09/04/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080904/en_nm/books_meyer_dc;_ylt=Arw.X6Taymk_1vTuGxaflqn6VbIF
Stephenie Meyer, author of the best-selling young adult "Twilight" books, has put the fifth and final installment in the series on hold in protest after a partial draft was posted on the Internet.

Citizens of cyberspace - 09/03/08
http://thestar.com.my/youth2/story.asp?file=/2008/9/3/youth2/1928841&sec=youth2
In conjunction with the Merdeka celebrations, we asked youths if they thought they were better citizens because they were privileged to be connected to the digital world. Youth2 readers wrote in, telling us about how having access to the Internet helped in nation-building, and how it shaped their worldview as young people.

‘Lack of Cyber laws makes it impossible to fight Net crimes’ -09/03/08
http://www.arabtimesonline.com/client/pagesdetails.asp?nid=21784&ccid=9
Internet-related crimes are on the rise in Kuwait and the lack of Cyber laws makes it impossible to tackle such fraudulent practices, says a Kuwaiti lawyer. Speaking to the Arab Times on Wednesday, Labeed Abdal added that hackers are increasingly targeting Kuwait and many other countries, knowing full well that they can get away with their crimes.

Man accused of sending e-mail threats to stand trial - 09/03/08
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10375450
An Orem man accused of sending threatening e-mails to both the lieutenant governor and a state representative pleaded not guilty Wednesday and will stand trial in November.

Beijing ticket conmen ready to run same scam in London -09/03/08
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/olympics/london_2012/article4664231.ece
Fraudsters are planning to exploit the public’s newfound enthusiasm for the Olympic Games in London three years before tickets go on sale.

Attorney's computers seized in woman's complaint - 09/03/08
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/377595_attorney04.html
Seattle police seized computers and other electronic equipment from a state assistant attorney general's home as part of an investigation into a woman's complaint that someone impersonated her on an adult Web site, according to a search warrant recently filed in King County Superior Court.

Asylum-Seeker Rejected Based On Wikipedia, Appeals Court Reverts - 09/02/08
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/09/asylum-seeker-r.html
The Department of Homeland Security should not use the user-generated Wikipedia to decide whether an asylum seeker can enter the United States, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

A City Tries to Stop a Woman from Linking to Its Website - 09/02/08
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/ramasastry/20080902.html
Sheboygan, Michigan resident Jennifer Reisinger alleges that after she created a link from her own website to the website of the city's police department, the City Attorney issued a "cease and desist" order commanding her to remove the link. Reisinger claims that the motive was retaliation: She had supported recalling Sheboygan Mayor Juan Perez, and alleges that Perez was behind the "cease and desist" order.

Hacker jailed after email threats - 09/02/08
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/529727-hacker-jailed-after-email-threats?ln=en
A young man has been jailed for three months after hacking into an Abu Dhabi-based United Nations employee’s private email account and threatening to reveal some of her secrets.

Skype ignores PayPal siphoning hijack scheme - 09/02/08
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/02/mysterious_skype_hijackings/
One day last month, when Klaus Zimmerman tried to log into his Skype account, he got an error message indicating his username and password didn't match. Concerned something was awry, Zimmerman, a computer repairman living in Wexford County, Ireland, phoned his brother and asked him to check his online status.

The Many Faces Of Cyberstalking - 09/01/08
http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2008/09/01/cyberstalking_faces/
It first started in June 2005 with harassing emails about the Schiavo case, obviously from a supporter of Michael Schiavo, the Florida man who killed his wife because she was disabled.

Yes, some people really do fall for those chain e-mail scams - 09/01/08
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/content/business/epaper/2008/09/01/0902lipkacol.html
I keep getting these e-mails that claim someone in some far-off country is trapped in some way and needs me to receive vast sums of money from them until they're able to get into a better position. In return, I get a percentage that will make me wealthy. It seems like I've been getting some variation of that e-mail for years. Does anyone actually fall for these scams?

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