WHOA Newsletter - January 5, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Job interviews next?

No shoes? No problem for this college interview

RALEIGH, N.C. - For her college interview, Avery Cullinan put on her best outfit but didn't bother with shoes. She sat in her living room, smiled into her computer's webcam and told an admissions officer more than 800 miles away that Wake Forest University was right for her.

"It's hard to part with money for a half-hour interview," said Cullinan, who avoided a costly trip from her home in Newburyport, Mass., thanks to the pilot program at Wake Forest. She was later accepted to the Winston-Salem, N.C., school.

The online interview was part of a push that started in May at the university. Admissions director Martha Allman said she eventually wants to give each applicant ­ more than 9,000 of them each year ­ a more individualized review before inviting them to Winston-Salem as part of the school's 1,200-student freshmen class.

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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)

Email threats of attacks sent to Infosys and Wipro - 01/05/09
IT companies in Bangalore, including Infosys Technologies and Wipro, received an email last week threatening to blow up their facilities, according to police officials. The email was addressed to six companies in Bangalore, said the Bangalore Joint Commissioner of Police, Gopal B. Hosur, on Monday. The mail was sent from a location in Bangalore, and police are working on tracking the sender, he said.

Phishing Scam Targets Twitter - 01/05/09
Micro-blogging site Twitter was the victim of a phishing scam over the weekend that took control of users' direct messaging capabilities.
Scammers have been taking control of users' accounts and sending direct messages to their followers. These messages include links to what looks like the Twitter sign-in page, but is actually a phishing site that will steal account information once a user has signed in, then add the user to the list of accounts being used to extend the phishing scheme.

Cyberstalking case linked to state law from 1990 - 01/04/09
A federal jury in Los Angeles recently largely rejected a landmark, cutting edge cyberbullying prosecution against a woman charged in the suicide of a teenager she had tormented online through the social networking Web site MySpace.

Police set to step up hacking of home PCs - 01/04/09
THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant. The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws.

U.S. Chess Federation Seeks to Oust 2 Board Members - 01/03/09
Chess may be genteel, but a rift among the board members of the United States Chess Federation, the game’s governing body, has led to a series of lawsuits that has all the bad blood of a professional wrestling rivalry. The cases involve sexually explicit Web postings, accusations of stolen e-mail messages and allegations of harassment and slander.

Fake Facebook profile angers Guyana president - 01/02/09
There are hundreds of George Bushes, scores of Fidel Castros, and dozens of Hugo Chávezes, all with prank profiles on the social networking website Facebook, but when someone tried to pass him or herself off as the president of Guyana the real president didn't see the funny side.

Sex Offenders in Georgia Stripped of Privacy, Must Hand Over Passwords - 01/01/09
Privacy advocates concerned about a strict new law in Georgia which removes sex offender's online privacy The latest scuffle over online privacy is brewing up in Georgia. An aggressive new law is set to take effect today which will force sex offenders to hand over their internet passwords, screen names, and e-mail addresses to the government for monitoring purposes. Several other states also have efforts that track sex offender's email and screen names. However, Georgia, which has 16,000 registered offenders, will be the first state to demand the sex offenders’ passwords as well.

Terrorists launder cash through online gambling - 01/01/09
Islamic terrorist networks are using online gambling websites to launder money for attacks, security analysts have disclosed.

The Washington Post: In several states, a push to stem cyber-bullying - 01/01/09
In California, a hateful Internet campaign followed sixth-grader Olivia Gardner through three schools. In Vermont, a humiliated Ryan Halligan, 13, took his own life after being encouraged to do so by one of his middle school peers. And in perhaps the most notorious case, Lori Drew, 49, was recently convicted on misdemeanor charges for posing as a teenage boy on MySpace to woo and then reject 13-year-old Megan Meier of Missouri, who later hanged herself in her closet.

13 Accused Of Violating City Computer Policies - 12/31/08
Four West Palm Beach city employees were fired and nine others resigned this week after an investigation revealed they used city computers for sexual content or religious slurs, officials said.

British missionary couple sentenced to one year's hard labour for 'criticising' Gambian government - 12/31/08
Two British missionaries were yesterday sentenced to a year's hard labour in the Gambia after they wrote emails critical of the country's president.
David and Fiona Fulton admitted sending round-robin emails to friends and organisations which authorities in the West African country deemed to be seditious.

Facebook godfather groups spark mafia victims' ire - 12/31/08
Facebook has sprouted pages that pay tribute to notorious mafia bosses, and relatives of mafia victims are none too happy about that fact, according to the U.K. publication Times Online.

Researchers Show 'Secure' Sites May Not Be Safe - 121/30/08
The small image of a padlock in the corner of your browser may not accurately indicate that a Web-site connection is secure, according to new research. A team of U.S. and European researchers used a computing grid of more than 200 Sony PlayStation 3 video-game machines to create fake certificates and fool a browser into thinking it had a secure connection with a trusted site.

Teens jailed after Facebook feud sparks youth club shooting - 12/30/08
A feud between two women on Facebook culminated in a shooting outside a youth club, a court heard. Sasha Radford, who is now 20 but was 19 at the time of the shooting, had been abusing a 22-year-old woman - who has not been named - on the social networking site Facebook.


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