WHOA Newsletter - March 30, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Bwa ha ha

'Dumbest criminal' nabbed in cop convention holdup
A retired police chief said he was robbed by "probably the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania," at a police officers' convention on Friday morning. John Comparetto said as he came out of a stall in the men's room, a man pointed a gun in his face and demanded money. There were 300 narcotics officers from Pennsylvania and Ohio at the gathering.

Comparetto gave up his money and cell phone. But when the man fled, Comparetto and some colleagues chased him. They arrested a 19-year-old man as he was trying to leave in a taxi.

The suspect is also awaiting trial on four previous robbery charges.

The suspect was arraigned and taken to Dauphin County Prison. When a reporter asked the suspect for comment as he was led out of court, he said, "I'm smooth."

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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)

Conficker Hype And Debate Build As April Fool's Day Nears - 03/30/09
Security experts have sounded the alarm - and many others are just as loudly trying to quell the furor - over fears the Conficker computer worm could trigger Internet havoc on April 1.

What should we make of this Chinese cyber-spy story? - 03/30/09
Yesterday's story in the New York Times about "GhostNet," the Chinese-based computer spying network that has apparently penetrated some 1,295 computers in more than 100 countries around the world, obviously raises this big question: Was the Chinese government behind it, or not?

Court won't revive Va. anti-spam law - 03/30/09
The Supreme Court will not consider reinstating Virginia's anti-spam law, among the nation's toughest in banning unsolicited e-mails.

Courtney Love sued for libel by designer who claims she launched a hate campaign against her on Twitter - 03/29/09
It has become one of the most popular social networking site for the stars but now Twitter is hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons as it appears to have sparked its first libel action courtesy of singer Courtney Love.

19,000 UK credit card details posted on the Net...and accessible on Google - 03/28/09
The credit card details of up to 19,000 British shoppers were published on the internet - where they could be found using a simple search on Google.

Consumers can be stuck when Web sites change terms - 03/27/09
A recent e-mail from Eastman Kodak Co. didn't lead to a Kodak moment for Vanessa Daniele. It got her angry.
On May 16, the company's Kodak Gallery online photo service will delete her picture albums unless she spends at least $4.99 by then and every year thereafter on prints and other products.

Former School Official Sentenced on E-Rate Fraud Charges - 03/27/09
A former assistant superintendent at a Michigan school district has been sentenced to serve 46 months in jail for a scheme to defraud a U.S. government program providing Internet connections to schools and libraries in poor areas.

Cyber Stalking: A Real Life Problem - 03/26/09
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is dedicated to helping victims of online harassment and cyber stalking by helping others understand the danger of this growing problem. Cyber stalking is defined as threatening behavior or unwanted advances directed at another using the internet and other forms of computer communications.

New age bullying: Sent through text - 03/26/09
Teens face a new form of bullying in this technologically charged society -- textual harassment. Whether it's an obscene comment or a threat of violence, officials say the problem is growing rapidly among middle- and high school-aged children.

Facecrooks - 03/25/09
BENEFITS bosses are using Facebook to catch housing and council tax cheats, it was revealed yesterday.

Man uses neighbour's wi-fi to threaten wife - 03/25/09
While the Indian Mujahideen used weak wi-fi (wireless fidelity) security in Navi Mumbai to send terror threats over email, a Khar resident recently did the same to terrorise his estranged wife.

Undercover with the escorts trying to recruit through MySpace - 03/25/09
Ordinary women are being lured into prostitution through networking sites with offers of glamour and cash.

Nasty New Worm Targets Home Routers, Cable Modems - 03/25/09
A computer worm has been discovered that can infect 55 different home-based routers and DSL/cable modems including common brands like Linksys and Netgear.

Teenager paints 60ft phallus on roof of family home - 03/25/09
A teenager got away with painting a 60ft phallus on the roof of his parents' home for a year before his parents found out.

'Her virginity is just fairy tale' - 03/25/09
PUNTERS bidding on the internet for the chance to bed a teenager for the first time have been warned: "Her virginity is just a fairy tale."

Airport luggage theft and extortion - 03/24/09
State Police in Rochester on Sunday arrested a man for allegedly stealing luggage from the Greater Rochester International Airport and then demanding money for it to be returned.


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