WHOA Newsletter - December 15, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .It was only a matter of time

Zzz-mail: What happens when sleepwalkers go online
Doctors have reported the first ever case of someone using the internet while asleep, after a sleeping woman sent emails to people asking them over for drinks and caviar.

It was only when a would-be guest phoned the next day to accept, that she found out what she had done.

The 44-year-old woman, whose case is reported by researchers from the University of Toledo in the latest edition of medical journal Sleep Medicine, had gone to bed at around 10pm, but got up two hours later and walked to the next room.

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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)

Police: Stalking suspect had 'emotional void' - 12/15/08
Fabricated doctors. Illegal medical procedures. Rerouted cell phone calls. Phony text messages.
Police say they have never dealt with a case quite like it.

Students: Watch what you post online - 12/14/08
While the Internet has become an obviously integral part of college life, from academic work to student-instructor communication, social networking Web sites such as Facebook pose a unique challenge for higher-learning institutions.

Cyberbullying or free speech? Now it's a federal case - 12/14/08
Katie Evans had a tough time concentrating last week. She finished her first round of final exams as a freshman at the University of Florida. And she sued her former high school principal, getting international attention a year after she was suspended for posting an online rant against a teacher at Pembroke Pines Charter High.

Crackdown on web gang 'grooming' - 12/12/08
A crackdown is under way in Norfolk targeting criminals who groom young people into gangs using the internet.

A fearful mother reveals: The internet cult that stole my son - 12/12/08
Even by the internet's murky standards, it's deeply sinister - a website that brainwashes youngsters into disowning their families and vanishing into thin air. Here, one mother tells her chilling story

New alert for social networking sites as 'Koobface' virus jumps from Facebook to Bebo - 12/12/08
A virus which generates false messages from infected Facebook users in a bid to get credit card and other personal details has now spread to another social networking site.

SMS, e-mail senders beware ! - 12/12/08
College-going girls and working women living independently in the twin cities are vulnerable as never before, going by the rise in the number of complaints of ‘‘cyber stalking’’ in the form of lewd SMSes and e-mails.

3 State Leaders Receive Threatening Correspondence - 12/12/08
A Pennsylvania man is under arrest for an e-mail threat against Gov. Ed Rendell. Police charged a Blair County man in an incident that happened last weekend.
He sent a message that said, "Dear Big Ed," and referenced religion, saying he hoped someone put a bullet in his head .

Ex-Court Employee In Custody After Threat - 12/12/08
A man who allegedly made an e-mail threat to Sacramento Superior Court has been taken into police custody.

Sex crime policy revisions address high-tech threats - 12/11/08
Iowa's public universities are considering new sexual misconduct policies that spell out emerging threats like cyberstalking and sexual exploitation through electronic means, such as posting nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on the Internet.

YouTube creates Abuse and Safety Center - 12/11/08
As part of its continuing effort to become a safer and more appealing destination, YouTube has created a new section of its site called the Abuse and Safety Center, largely as a resource for parents and their teenage children. (Kids under 13 are not supposed to be using the site.)

How to keep your kids and employees safe and productive on the Web - 12/11/08
How many employers out there worry about where there employees are going on the Internet and for how long? Please find me a parent who is not concerned about a child's online wandering.

Microsoft looking into WordPad zero-day flaw - 12/10/08
Microsoft is investigating reports of a flaw in the WordPad Text Converter for Word 97 files, the company said on Tuesday. A Microsoft blog stated "we are aware of very limited and targeted attacks seeking to exploit this vulnerability."

Eugene girl reports online threat to Wash. school - 12/10/08
Kennewick police say a threat about a school shooting made in an online adventure game led to the arrest of a Kamiakin High School student.

Woman, three girls accused of beating man - 12/10/08
A Keithville woman and three girls face various charges as a result of a brawl on a church parking lot early the morning of Nov. 29.

Posh Boarding School Hit with 'Mean Girls' Lawsuit - 12/10/08

Does offensive spam open us up to a lawsuit? - 12/09/08
Like it or not, spam is a way of life. While the battle between spammers and inbox users continues to rage, organizations generally do their best to try to stop the onslaught. In general, only a fraction of spam gets through filters, but can those spam filter failures create legal liability for an organization?

Vandal who trashed pub caught by Facebook - 12/09/08
A teenage vandal was forced to hand himself in to police after pictures of him trashing a pub were posted on Facebook by the landlord.

Cyber-criminals adapt tactics for financial crisis - 12/09/08
Cyber-criminals are adapting their tactics to target people worried about their finances and job security during the financial crisis, experts have warned.

Shares gangs target 11,000 on database - 12/09/08
UP TO 11,000 UK shareholders were yesterday warned that their personal details were on a database that was being used by fraudsters.

Wikipedia victory in Scorpions censorship row - 12/09/08
An anti-child abuse watchdog has reversed its decision to blacklist a Wikipedia page showing a controversial 1976 album cover after protests over censorship.


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