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Monday, July 20, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - July 20, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Just an "awwwwww" moment

Lost love letter reunites couple after 16 years
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/britainspainloveoffbeat

A British man and his Spanish former sweetheart have finally married 16 years after they drifted apart, reunited by a love letter lost behind a fireplace for over a decade, reports said on Monday.

Steve Smith and Carmen Ruiz-Perez, both now 42, fell in love 17 years ago when she was a foreign exchange student in Brixham, southwest England, and got engaged after only a year together.

But their relationship ended after she moved France to run a shop in Paris.

A few years later, in a bid to rekindle their love, Smith sent a letter to her mother's home in Spain. It was placed on the mantelpiece, but slipped down behind the fireplace and was lost for over a decade.

The missing missive was only found when builders removed the fireplace during renovation work.

"When I got the letter I didn't phone Steve right away because I was so nervous," Ruiz-Perez told the Herald Express local newspaper.

"I nearly didn't phone him at all. I kept picking up the phone then putting it down again.

"But I knew I had to make the call."

When they were reunited, it was as if time had stood still, said Smith, a factory supervisor.

"When we met again it was like a film. We ran across the airport into each other's arms. We met up and fell in love all over again. Within 30 seconds of setting eyes on each other we were kissing.

"I'm just glad the letter did eventually end up where it was supposed to be," he said, after the couple married last Friday.

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Could You be Hacked Like Twitter? - 07/20/09
http://www.pcworld.com/article/168678/could_you_be_hacked_like_twitter.html
The French hacker who broke into Twitter's Google Apps and stole more than 300 private company documents has revealed in detail how he did it. Using a method known as "cracking," the man who goes by the name Hacker Croll was able to break down Twitter security by trolling the Web for publicly available information, according to TechCrunch.

Ex-MP's son an internet liar - 07/19/09
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10585329
The "teenager" who claimed to be selling naked photos of his mother on Trade Me has been exposed as a liar who ran the auction for a design school project.

I’m a high fliar - 07/19/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2543733/Teens-airline-tycoon-hoax-fools-airport-chiefs.html
A TEENAGE liar tricked a string of airport chiefs into believing he was a high-flying tycoon behind a major airline.

Minden man jailed for Cyber Stalking -07/18/09
http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?S=10749939&nav=0RY5
A week long investigation ends with a Minden man in jail for Cyber-Stalking and Obscenity, say Minden Police.

Four million British identities are up for sale on the internet - 07/18/09
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article6718560.ece
The identities of more than four million Britons are being offered for sale on the internet, The Times has learnt.
Highly sensitive financial information, including credit card details, bank account numbers, telephone numbers and even PINs are available to the highest bidder.

TRENT REZNOR - REZNOR'S FURY AT INTERNET ABUSE - 07/17/09
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/reznors-fury-at-internet-abuse_1110058
Rocker TRENT REZNOR is fuming over online threats towards his fiancee MARIQUEEN MAANDIG, branding the perpetrators "cowards".
The Nine Inch Nails frontman is furious after an internet campaign of abuse targeted the West Indian Girl frontwoman - and has vowed to physically attack those responsible if he ever meets them.

Coleman texted girlfriend on day of family's funeral - 07/17/09
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/laworder/story/37621E5458877E8D862575F6000D6E0C?OpenDocument
Chris Coleman sent his lover in Florida a text message saying he "missed her" and "loved her" on the day of his slain wife and sons' funeral, according to search warrants made public on Thursday.

Man arrested in e-mail threat case - 07/17/09
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/jul/17/man_arrested_email_threat_case/
The FBI has arrested an Alexandria man on charges that he sent e-mails threatening to kill white judges in South Carolina.

Microsoft Sues Mobile Ringtone Company for Phishing, Spam - 07/16/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090716/tc_pcworld/microsoftsuesmobileringtonecompanyforphishingspam
Microsoft has sued a Hong Kong seller of mobile ringtones, saying the company used phishing techniques to flood Microsoft Live Messenger users with spam messages.

Survey: 12 Pct of Email Users Have Responded to Spam - 07/16/09
http://news.digitaltrends.com/news-article/20411/survey-12-pct-of-email-users-have-responded-to-spam
A new survey (PDF) conducted by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) surveyed some 800 Internet users (400 online and 400 by phone) about how they protect themselves from spam, bots, and malware. Surprisingly, the survey found that some 12 percent of respondents admit to having replied to a spam message or clicked a link in a spam message because they were interested in a product or service the message promoted­a figure that flies in the face of conventional wisdom that the number of people two respond to spam is just a fraction of a percent of all Internet users.

Suspect in slaying of Pensacola couple haunted Sarasota family - 07/15/09
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090715/ARTICLE/907151028/2055/NEWS?Title=A-suspect-in-slaying-of-parents-haunted-Sarasota-family-
Once or twice a year, Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr. would call the Herkel residence in Sarasota and demand to see his daughter. Usually, Rebecca Herkel would try to placate her former son-in-law, who is now a suspect in the killing of a Pensacola couple last week, explaining that he lost his parental rights and needed to go through the legal system if he wanted visits with the girl. But in April, Gonzalez took a new route: MySpace, and with it a new level of intensity that eventually amounted to cyberstalking.

OAPs in email 'hitman' scam - 07/15/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2535528/OAPs-in-email-hitman-scam.html
HUNDREDS of pensioners have been targeted by an email scam telling them to pay £5,000 or be killed by a HITMAN.

Online forum trolls cost me millions: filmmaker - 07/15/09
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/online-forum-trolls-cost-me-millions-filmmaker-20090715-dl4t.html\
An online slanging match over a 9/11 conspiracy book that quickly degenerated into a vitriolic war of words is now the subject of a $42.5-million defamation case.

'Topless nun' sues on Facebook pic - 07/15/09
http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2009-07-15_115374424.html
A young woman billed by an ex-boyfriend on Facebook as a 'topless nun' is suing him to take the old holiday snap down.

Man Convicted in Virginia Tech Email Threat Ordered to Psychiatric Treatment - 07/14/09
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0709/640157.html
A judge ordered psychiatric treatment Monday as he released a man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia who had pleaded guilty to sending an e-mail threat to two Virginia Tech alumni on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the university's mass shootings.

Principal drops suit against MySpace after students come forward for making fake profile - 07/14/09
http://www.splc.org/newsflash.asp?id=1935&year=
An Alaska high school principal has dropped a lawsuit against MySpace to determine who created a fake profile page in her name after the students who made the Web site confessed.

Homebuyer 'launched smear campaign' against estate agents after being gazumped -07/14/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1199644/Homebuyer-launched-smear-campaign-estate-agents-gazumped.html#ixzz0Lo8dMwxD
A gazumped homeowner took drastic revenge by launching a smear campaign to try to drive the estate agency he blamed out of business, a court heard today.

Man charged with stalking ex-girlfriend - 07/14/09
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/jul/14/man-charged-stalking-ex-girlfriend/
A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday after authorities say he repeatedly made harassing phone calls to his ex-girlfriend, despite her demands that he stop.

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