WHOA Newsletter - March 2, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .It must be a sloooooow day in Elizabethton

Tenn. sheriff looks to serve 80-year-old warrant
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. ­ The Carter County Sheriff's Department is trying to serve an 80-year-old warrant for the arrest of a man who wrote a $30 bad check, although unsure if he is alive. The warrant, issued in August 1928, calls for the arrest of J.A. Rowland. It says he owes $30 for the bad check, $2 for the arrest fee and 50 cents each for the affidavit and warrant.

Clerks at the Glynn County Sheriff's Office in Brunswick, Ga., recently found the warrant buried in a records storage room while cleaning and mailed it to Tennessee.

Current Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes told The Elizabethton Star he is still under a legal obligation to find Rowland.

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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)

Claims mum harassed on social networking site - 03/02/09
POLICE are investigating allegations a Northern Rivers mother has been harassed, stalked and bullied on the social networking site, Facebook.

Cyberstalking in W.Va.: 'Digital evidence doesn't lie' - 03/02/09
Just a few years ago, police and domestic violence workers didn't spend much time thinking about the ways technology could be used against women in abusive and controlling relationships. Now, cyberstalking is a harsh reality for those women, but the technology that makes it possible also can make it easier to catch stalkers in the act.

UPSET that he was spurned by a lecturer after a brief torrid affair, a tertiary student turned to the Internet to smear her reputation.
The year-long liaison, which took place more than 10 years ago, ended when the lecturer's husband learnt about it.

CALL it the wild west web.
Hiding behind the cloak of anonymity in the World Wide Web, an increasing number of troublemakers are using the Internet as their weapon to defame and tarnish the reputations of their victims.

From lonely heart to jailed drug mule: British woman's horrifying journey as internet lover forces her to smuggle heroin - 03/02/09
A British woman who flew across the world to China in search of love is now whiling away the years in an Australian jail after being conned by a Nigerian drug runner.
The sad and extraordinary case of 46-year-old Somerset woman Victoria Nicholson was revealed today as Australian authorities began an investigation with Chinese police to track down the cruel hoaxer who forced the naive woman into travelling with heroin inside her body.

Net dream cars 'imaginary rip-offs' - 03/02/09
THEY are the cars that were not there. Internet fraudsters are posting ads on popular online trading hubs for motor vehicles which don't exist.
Police are investigating the case of a 35-year-old Sydney man who lost $10,600 after responding to an ad on the Trading Post website for a 1990 Porsche 911.

Wayne County Man Arrested for Cyber-Stalking - 03/02/09
A Fairfield man is accused of creating a fake Myspace page and sending threatening messages online.
21 year-old Justin Savage faces felony charges of cyber-stalking, identity theft, and electronic harrassment of a witness.

Wayne Hoffman: Online opinions, even if they're vile, are still free speech - 03/01/09
Moron. Idiot. Henchman. Ideologue. Airhead. Wingnut. Windbag. Apparently, there's a rotating catalog of pet names that a dependable (yet unforgiving) band of my followers out in cyberspace like to call me.
I don't know their names, but they know me, and they make sure to publically deride me each and every time I open my mouth or pound out a right-of-center commentary on my keyboard.

HK actress lashes out at star over sex photos: report
A Hong Kong actress at the centre of an Internet sex photo scandal has broken her silence about the incident, lashing out at the pop star who took the compromising pictures, a report said Saturday.

Explicit photos, gossip often lead to deep regret (with video) - 02/27/09
School administrators across the tri-county area say they're fighting a constant battle against students and their text-messaging habits.
But, increasingly, those administrators say, it's texting that happens outside of school that has the greatest effect in the classroom.
From sexually explicit messages and photos to hurtful gossip, "(texting) has become a major source of concern in managing the district, because it's the main method by which our kids are communicating," said Emily Capella, superintendent of the Lenape Regional School District.

Rewriting Facebook's Terms of Service - 02/27/09
Facebook launched on Thursday a campaign polling users over its new draft Terms of Service (TOS). Applauded by advocates and seen as a revolutionary move toward democratic social networking, Facebook's new campaign is making its way on the Internet. But what are the new TOS all about?

Friday Funny: Decoding Cyberjargon - 02/27/09
You’ve heard of modern marvels, right? Well now there is a phenomenon of modern maladies sweeping through the computer based world we call 2009. In order to help keep its visitors up with the times, FacilityBlog brings you this glossary of terms that apply to today’s techno-times. It’s an oldie but a goodie from New Scientist, by way of Peter SJF Bance.

Malware Tricking Search Engines, and You Too - 02/26/09
Both McAfee and Trend Micro are warning about a recent bump in the use of SEO (search engine optimization) abuse as a tool in the spread of malware.

Study: Hackers Still Enjoy Vandalizing Web Sites - 02/26/09
A study of 57 Web site hacks from last year showed that 24 percent were aimed at defacing a site rather than financial gain.
The figures from the latest Web Hacking Incidents Database Annual Report suggest that stealing money and data is not always the overriding motivation for hackers, although it hasbeen a rising trend in recent years.

Harassment officer posts ‘racist’ cartoon - 02/26/09
Student groups have condemned a university for failing to discipline a harassment officer who posted an antisemitic picture on the internet.
Andrew Collingwood, who works in the University of York’s biology department, added the image to a Palestine Solidarity Campaign group on social networking site Facebook.

Microsoft admits to, defends banning Lesbian Xbox Live user - 02/26/09
Xbox Live isn't known for the social graces of its users, and one gamer was harassed for outing herself as a lesbian... with Microsoft then banning her account. The company tells Ars that gay or straight, discussion of your sexual orientation in your profile is verboten, but "don't ask, don't tell" doesn't work too well.

FriendFinder's Latest Scandal Sexier Than a Penthouse Letter - 02/26/09
A porn star draping boobs over an employee's head. Lapdances on the company dime. $50 million in back taxes. These are just some of the charges Penthouse publisher FriendFinder Networks is facing from an ex-employee.

IL man under arrest for myspace threat - 02/26/09
Police in Fairfield, Illinois are charging a man for using a myspace account to make threats against another person.

The next generation of internet - 02/26/09
Software engineers at Stanford University are working to change the face of the internet as we know it. The Stanford Clean Slate Project is developing a second internet ­ one that would improve security by ending anonymity online. In his New York Times article on the project, John Markoff writes:
“What a new Internet might look like is still widely debated, but one alternative would, in effect, create a ‘gated community’ where users would give up their anonymity and certain freedoms in return for safety.”

Identity misses court - 02/26/09
MACLEAN identity John Xavier Berlin could not make it to a court appearance yesterday because he is receiving mental health treatment.

Phishers Attack Even as Google Explains Gmail Outage - 02/25/09
Google said Tuesday that its morning Gmail outage was a data-center malfunction. But even as the search giant was trying to put the matter behind it, there were reports of a phishing attack that tried to take advantage of the situation.

5 Facebook Scams: Protect Your Profile - 02/25/09
Beny Rubinstein knows computer security. An employee of a Seattle-area tech giant with 20 years of IT experience under his belt, Rubinstein has seen a side of the industry that most people will never know. He holds a degree in computer engineering, and--oh yeah--he just got scammed out of $1100 on Facebook.


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