WHOA Newsletter - January 26, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .and his accomplice was a sheep

Nigerian police detain goat over armed robbery
Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.

"We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat," he said.

Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. Residents came to the police station to see the goat, photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw.

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Social Web sites encourage cyberstalking - 01/26/09
Many college students use Facebook.com daily without being aware of the cyberstalking threat.
When students put their phone numbers, addresses and other personal information on a social networking site like Facebook, they increase their chances of being a cyberstalking victim, said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Stalking called underreported, high-tech crime - 01/26/09
Karen's stalker was relentless.
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Putting a stop to stalking - 01/26/09
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Step into a crowded bar and you'll feel it; a wary tension, jungle-coiled, eyes flashing. Part of it is sexual, but there's something else. Anger. Hurt. Frustration. A misdirected chat-up, a misread signal, a clumsy grope could trigger a lethal knockback fuelled by a bitter backlog of disappointments and disillusionment.

What A Nigerian Facebook Scam Looks Like - 01/24/09
Facebook is arguably one of the safer corners of the Internet, with fairly complex security and privacy controls. But when passwords get busted, even on Facebook, not everyone is whom they're pretending to be. Like a Nigerian scammer, posing only slightly convincingly as one of your real-life friends, trying to get you to send them a $900 wire transfer.

Mayor takes on cyberstalkers - 01/22/09
New Mexico is taking another look at cyberstalking with legislation that could mean serious prison time for those who use the Internet to harass someone.

Oxford Gossip website returns - 01/22/09
Oxford Gossip, the infamous Oxford internet forum, reopened at the beginning of this week. The site, opened in 2003, provided a forum space for Oxford students to discuss the University's social life and gossip.

Facebook Slow to Respond to Phishing Scam - 01/22/09
The latest phishing scam on Facebook has raised the question yet again as to whether the social networking site is dropping the ball on security measures and properly responding to privacy complaints.

Local police using Facebook more in investigations - 01/22/09
When Alyssa Strittmater went missing last week, Iowa City police tried every traditional option available to them. However, something less traditional - a Facebook message - closed the case, authorities said.

Nasty worm wriggles into millions of computers - 01/21/09
A nasty worm has wriggled into millions of computers and continues to spread, leaving security experts wondering whether the attack is a harbinger of evil deeds to come.

The high cost of modern technology - 01/21/09
Do you know where your husband is? Do you know how fast your teens are driving when they're behind the wheel? And how about Fido -- ever wonder where he wanders off to?
These questions can be answered in no time, thanks to global positioning technology now infiltrating our lives.

How big brother can watch you without being a jerk - 01/21/09
Employee monitoring can be a double-edged sword. It has many benefits, but if done improperly and with inappropriate tools, it can actually do more harm than good. How do you minimize the pitfalls and maximize the benefits of staff monitoring? Experts share insights, tools and strategies.

Cyberstalker Busted for Threatening TV Station Employees - 01/20/09
A man alleged to have posted more than 800 threatening and offensive messages on the KTBS-TV Web site has been arrested, according to the Shreveport Times. Keithville, La., resident Russell Davenport was arrested Tuesday at his home, where four computers were seized. He was booked on eight counts of cyber stalking; his bond was set at $400,000. Local media reported that Davenport started his correspondence last May. The station blocked his IP address, but he kept creating new ones to make blog postings.


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