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Monday, June 30, 2008

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;_ylt=AshxXTe3XHVwlyRqCI5ywwTtiBIF

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;_ylt=Av4KmocjFXsLqxMN_82qsSf6VbIF
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 and 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;_ylt=AmqwZTbK_unrQR.tgvvtuNz6VbIF
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;_ylt=Akot5_oBszx87fky4hHfIpf6VbIF
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 - 06/28/08,23599,23933333-421,00.html
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;_ylt=Ajjh9V1ntxF0tue4FHgUJcX6VbIF
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 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 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.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Having too much fun

Chris and I played "tourist" at York Beach, Maine last night and played Skee Ball at Funorama, some pinball games, then had our photos taken in one of those booths.

Aren't we just goofy as all get out?

Friday, June 13, 2008

2007 Cyberbully/Online Predator Survey Results

(it's a shame no media has even bothered to contact me about these or the 2007 cyberstalking statistics, considering they are the latest ones available)

Press Contacts:
Jayne Hitchcock,
President of WHOA

Dee Andersson
WHOA Press Release #2008-7

For Immediate Release


395 School Students Participate in Online Bullying and Predators Experiences

May, 2008 – Working to Halt Online Abuse-Kids/Teens Division (WHOA-KTD) was founded in 2005 in response to a rapidly expanding need for organized safety groups that would specifically focus on the needs of children and teens who are victimized and taken advantage of every day on the Internet. WHOA-KTD is a subsidiary division of Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA), which is the oldest and largest all-volunteer online safety organization. WHOA has been continuously helping adult victims of cyberstalking since 1997 and remains the only online organization to date to provide the most up-to-date cyberstalking statistics and cumulative trends.

WHOA-KTD offers sincere appreciation to the 395 students from Southern Aroostook Community School, SeDoMoCha Middle School and Foxcroft Academy in Maine, for participating in the Online Bullying and Predators Survey that was conducted. The results of this project may help to pinpoint areas that need more dedicated safety education to keep future students safe while they are online:

 28% of students have been cyberbullied
 Just over half tell their parents or another adult about it
 65% reported the cyberbullying was via IM, followed by email, Myspace, chat rooms and online games
 43% were cyberbullied by someone their age or in the same grade
 Of the students who did not report the cyberbullying, 25% felt it wasn’t a big problem or didn’t want to make a big deal out of it
 30% blocked or deleted the cyberbully, while 16% ignored them

The study was made up of 193 males and 202 females who ranged in ages from 11 to 19 years old and were spread out in grades six through twelve. Surprisingly, 54 students admitted they had bullied somebody online themselves. When questioned if they had ever been contacted by a stranger while they were online, 165 said yes. That contact was facilitated via IM (AOL, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, or other), followed by Myspace or Chat (AOL, Yahoo or other), Email and online gaming web sites. To a lesser degree, contact was also made through eBay or other auction sites, text messages/SMS, websites, blogs and Xanga.

Comments below were made by 11 year olds who attended an assembly presented by WHOA-KTD president Jayne A. Hitchcock, who talked about how kids and teens can stay safer online. These comments underscore the value of the WHOA-KTD project, emphasizing how important it is to educate them about how they present themselves on the Internet and how to be safer:

• I thought your presentation inspired a lot of us not to talk to strangers online. It was awesome!
• I love that you’re doing this. It’s so good. I love that you’re helping. Keep up the good work.
• That assembly was helpful. I didn’t know there was such a thing as cyberbullying.
• I like the assembly. Very interesting.
• I like the assembly because I learned how to block strangers.

Jayne A. Hitchcock is a cyber crime expert who trains law enforcement from the local to federal level, and assists the US Department of Justice Office (USDJO) for Victims of Crime and National Center for Victims of Crime. She trains advocate groups, conducts seminars, raises awareness of cyber crime and harassment and lectures educators, librarians, parents and students at middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities about the dangers of bullies, predators, stalkers and online social networking sites. She has appeared as an expert in various media, including America’s Most Wanted, PEOPLE magazine, Primetime Thursday with Diane Sawyer, TIME magazine, the Associated Press, The Montel Williams Show, A&E’s Investigative Reports, 48 Hours, Ladies Home Journal, Campus Security Reports, Inside Edition, Good Morning America and CNN. Her latest book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition (, highlights online crimes, how to be safer online and what to do if you are victimized. Video Professor recently released a 3-CD tutorial based on the book.

To interview Hitchcock, please contact her via email Statistics may be quoted in media and on web sites with appropriate recognition to WHOA. To learn more about WHOA, or if you know someone who needs help, please visit

Monday, June 09, 2008

Just married!!

Jayne Hitchcock and Christopher Poulin were married at Wells Beach, Maine on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm.

Lt. David Gordon, Ret. officiated, and Robert and Robin Greene were the witnesses (aka best man and maid of honor). Photographs were taken by Joanne Desjardins.

A reception will be held later this summer at the bride and groom's home in York, Maine. As soon as a date is set, official invitations will be sent out.

To view the wedding photo album, please visit this page