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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Web Addresses Now Can Be All Greek to You, ICANN Rules

Web Addresses Now Can Be All Greek to You, ICANN Rules

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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Internet at 40: History Began With Its First Crash

The Internet at 40: History Began With Its First Crash

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

'Little Buddy' GPS device keeps tabs on your kid :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Technology

'Little Buddy' GPS device keeps tabs on your kid :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Technology

Monday, October 26, 2009

Facebook’s New Front Page Looks DOA

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GeoCities' time has expired, Yahoo closing the site today

GeoCities' time has expired, Yahoo closing the site today

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WHO@ Newsletter - October 26, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Wow, someone needs to stop watching those zombie movies
Man ordering food called a zombie, punched twice

Iowa City police are investigating an early morning assault in which a man accused another of being a zombie, then punched him twice. Police said the assault occurred at 1:17 a.m. Sunday at an Iowa City restaurant south of the University of Iowa campus.

A man was ordering food when he was approached by another man who called him a zombie, then hit him in the eye. When the victim tried to call police on his cell phone, the man punched him again, breaking his nose.

The man then ran out a back door.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

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Online Threat Case Settled - 10/26/09
Four years after derogatory material was posted about them in an online law school discussion forum, two former Yale Law students have reached a settlement in their case against about two dozen anonymous online posters.

Employee Internet use can be both beneficial and detrimental - 10/26/09
For many employees, email and the Web are indispensable business tools.
When you give your employees internet access, you give them a resource that has the potential to reap enormous business benefits.
But it also has enormous potential to be misused and – in some instances – that misuse can be damaging for the business.

Experts: Internet bullying on the rise - 10/25/09
For hours, friends and family members thought Debbie Lee was going to commit suicide.
"Debbie Lee has realized her life is a lie and that her only friend is the handgun in the back of my closet," read one August Facebook post. There were dozens of others posted over nearly three hours.

'Let's Kill Berlusconi' Facebook group investigated by police - 10/24/09
Prosecutors are investigating several Facebook 'hate' groups set up against controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi - including one that calls for his death.

Teenager who faked online suicide with ketchup faces police charges in U.S. - 10/23/09
A teenager who put ketchup on his arms and faked his suicide on a live video website has been charged.
New York state police received several calls on Tuesday night about a young man allegedly broadcasting a suicide attempt over the internet.

Police: Witnesses To UConn Killing Threatened Online - 10/23/09,0,7153850.story
University of Connecticut police say witnesses to the killing of football player Jasper Howard are being threatened with violence if they come forward with evidence.

Bullying calls, texts are illegal - 10/23/09
Today's technology allows people to communicate their discontent differently than in the traditional face-to-face situation, said Christopher Jenkins, lieutenant of investigations for the Kent State police.
Telecommunication harassment, which used to be called telephone harassment, involves any harassment by means of landline, cell phone, text, voicemails or e-mails - in other words, harassment through technology, Jenkins said.

Gautier man charged with cyberstalking - 10/23/09
Jackson County sheriff’s investigators this week arrested Vincent Salvador Drummond, 48, of Gautier and charged him with cyberstalking in connection with the use of cellphone texting.
Drummond was charged as the result of an investigation into several cases of “repeated harassing and threatening electronic communications,” sheriff’s investigators said Friday.

Phishers Dangle Some Brand-New Bait - 10/23/09
In September 2009, some unlucky visitors at the New York Times Web site clicked on an ad that attempted to install malware. The advertisement displayed a popup window informing readers that their computer might be infected with a virus; only by purchasing a new antivirus product could they be sure of having a clean system.

Online allegations spawn lawsuit by Wilmington mayoral candidate - 10/22/09
Wilmington mayoral candidate Paul Knight filed a lawsuit Thursday against an unidentified person who posted negative comments about him on StarNews online forums. The suit, filed in New Hanover County Superior Court, seeks at least $50,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages for each statement. The defendant is identified in the lawsuit as “John Doe aka,” the online user name of the person who wrote the statements about Knight.

Police: Va. Tech gets online threat - 10/22/09
Virginia Tech police are investigating threats of another mass shooting at the university in a YouTube posting.

Parents had a right to know about threat - 10/22/09
Parents of students at Charlottetown Rural who criticized school officials recently for not notifying them about an online threat of a school shooting were right to speak up. They had a right to know. After all, it's ultimately their right to decide whether to keep their children home from school.

Students susceptible to social network threats - 10/22/09
Two or three students report being the victim of cyber stalking or restraining order violations through social networking Web sites, e-mail or cell phones each semester according to University Police.

Consider what you post - 10/22/09
Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are incredibly popular among people in high school and college; that is no question.
We are into the social scene and we want to be in constant contact with our friends and want to make new ones.

Hacking Voicemails Lands Jealous PR Guru in Court - 10/22/09
Whether they were stalking us on MySpace from a secret account, drunkenly crashing our birthday parties, or just texting and calling 200 times a day for three months straight, we've all got our share of crazy exes. But those stories would pale in comparison to the tales that the exes of Ali Wise would tell.

Treat Textual Harassment Like Other Harassment, HR Advises - 10/22/09
Textual harassment is on the rise, according to the July 20, 2009, issue of The National Law Journal, citing recent court cases around the United States.
Textual harassment involves sending offensive or inappropriate text messages. “The most prominent cases have involved male bosses who have sent scandalous texts to female employees, asking them out on dates or promising promotions in exchange for sexual favors,” the Journal reports.

Norton: Social networking sites are 'torture' - 10/22/09
Edward Norton thinks social networking sites are like "torture".
Unlike many other celebrities, the 'Leaves of Grass' actor has never written an internet blog because he hates the idea of people cyber stalking him.

Police: Gang Threat Against Woman Is E-Mail Hoax - 10/21/09
An e-mail claiming that Chicago gang members plan to kill women as a part of initiation is a hoax, police say.
The e-mail, which has been circulating for at least the past week, claims that gang initiation starts on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The e-mail claims that gang members plan to kill 140 women in total, and that women will be targeted around the Chicago area.

Could you be a stalker's next victim? - 10/21/09
Following a shocking report into the problem of stalking, we look at how police deal with the crime and how in one woman's case, they ended years of abuse from a stranger.

Cost of cyber crime reaches £390m - 10/21/09
Businesses have been warned that internet crime is costing Wales around £390m a year.
The revelation comes as about 400 business leaders and experts gather for a summit to tackle the growing problem.

Internet opens a door for predators - 10/20/09
Since there have been adults and children, there have probably been adults who prey on children, said Nils Frederiksen, deputy press secretary for the state Attorney General.

Dear stalkers, stop requesting sex over facebook - 10/20/09
Dear Stalkers:
Since I started writing this blog, I‘ve come to accept that some of you out there in internet-land aren’t entirely normal. You seem to think that because I write about my sexual encounters with new acquaintances at swingers parties that I will be wooed by your sexual requests via Facebook as a kind of gratitude for friending me or reading my blogs.

A Caddo parish constable says an 11-year-old girl used a cell phone to threaten to murder a girl. - 10/20/09
The mother of the victim reached out to NBC 6 news reporter Karen Hopkins. It's a story you'll see only on Nbc 6. But first, we want to warn you, what you are about to hear may be disturbing.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

NEW Things that stick in my craw - Facebook Sux

NEW Things That Stick In My Craw - FACEBOOK SUCKS

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Kents Hill School Presentation

Had a repeat "performance" at Kents Hill School (about 2 hours north of my house in Maine) on Thursday, October 22nd. I was excited about going back because I really enjoyed the campus - it's a private school with under 300 students and a wonderful teacher to student ratio. Honestly, if I won the lottery, I'd send Chris' kids to this school for some quality education.

I had asked Chris Gibson, the Tech guy from Kents Hill who booked me, if I could bring Phoebe. She's still been depressed about Bandit dying and it turns out the Kents Hill school mascot is a Husky! He said yes, but she'd have to stay in the car for my student talk. Cool beans!

So Phoebe and I left home at 730 am, listened to Jonathan Kellerman's latest book "Evidence" and arrived at Kents Hill at 930 am. Walked w/Chris to the new auditorium to set up my laptop and we chatted for a bit before students came in.

At a little after 10 am, I began my talk. I start with cyberbullying, online predators (I show a short video of a teen girl who ran off w/a 56-year-old man she met online), then get into the social networking sites, especially Facebook.

And that's when I show them what I found when they approved my alter ego as a friend. Photos of them drinking alcohol, giving the finger, and other fun stuff.

This is what I found:

66 students were asked to be a friend of my alter ego
40 approved my alter ego as a friend within ONE day
10 asked who I was, but 7 still approved me
7 asked to add me as a friend (on their own without a request) for a total of 69
65% were boys; 35% girls
32% listed their cell phone number - 75% of those were boys
9 boys also listed their home phone
55% listed their AIM screen name
63% listed an email address (sometimes two)
4 boys listed their home address
7 boys and 1 girl listed where they work

It's so hard to get through their heads sometimes that what they post online does NOT go away, even if they delete it. If they make a mistake now and remove it, it most likely can and will be found and used against them.

The only question I got at the end was "Who is your alter ego?" Like I'm gonna tell them! No other questions. You could tell they were thinking about how many of their 900 or so "friends" they really did know and if they had posted something they should remove quickly.

Chris was pleased - yay! We walked to my car to get Phoebe, walked her around to let her go pee, then went to the library to see if any students came by to talk privately with me. One girl came up to pet Phoebe and did talk a bit - she was very sweet. I gave her a Girl Force book ( More students came by to pet Phoebe and talk. One boy just totally opened up and basically told me a lot about his life. I swear, Phoebe gets people to open up. I am seriously thinking of getting her trained to be a therapy dog!

After the library, we got in the car to drive to the dining hall and I left Phoebe in the car while we ate lunch with some staff, then went into an adjoining room for a Technology Committee meeting with more staff. One student showed up for that meeting and he asked some great questions. So did the staff. I was encouraged because they were asking and really listening!

Chris and I walked to the school bookstore, where they let me pick out a sweatshirt with the Kents Hill Huskies logo on it. I ended up getting a fleece-lined gray zip up hoodie. Warm and cozy!

Phoebe and I left for home at about 130 pm and I was happy with the day. Long, but fruitful, I think!!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

RIP Bandit Bear

Bandit hasn't been doing well. At night, he'd bark and howl and we weren't getting any sleep, even with the meds the vet gave us to try to help him sleep. Saturday night he threw up, had a seizure and stopped barking. Yesterday the seizures weren't as big, but still happened and we had to hold him up to go to the bathroom and eat. We took him to the vet today around noon. We stroked him and thank goodness he went faster than Guin did. I think he was ready to go - after all, he was 17 years old. I told him to play with Guin in Heaven (she died on December 15th).

WHO@ Newsletter - October 19, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I wonder how many more he got on the way to jail?
Police stop driver for 15 violations in 11 minutes;_ylt=AmuDSNx8Q2SIR9Eg7Sple5PtiBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTMwbnJndTM5BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMDE5L2V1X3N3aXR6ZXJsYW5kX3JlY2tsZXNzX2RyaXZpbmcEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3BvbGljZXN0b3Bkcg

GOSSAU, Switzerland – Authorities say an Italian man took reckless driving to new heights in 11 frantic minutes of traffic violations in eastern Switzerland.

They say they first spotted the 47-year-old driver as he sped his jeep past an unmarked police car at 160 kph (100 mph) in a rainstorm Sunday.

Driving dangerously close to other cars on the autobahn, he then allegedly ignored police attempts to pull him over ­ first with a stop sign, and then with flashing lights and sirens.

Police say the man drove through a construction zone at 140 kmh (87 mph), nearly twice the speed limit, before being stopped.

They seized the man's driver's license, and a judge ordered him tested for medications and illegal drugs.

Police said Monday the man racked up 15 traffic violations in 11 minutes.

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Dreamworks Bans Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz from Twitter - 10/19/09
Something about celebrities combined with Twitter is just a magnet for headlines and mass media attention. Perhaps it is because our society has an unhealthy obsession with celebrities, and Twitter (and really just social media in general) is turning the web as we know it into a never-ending "stream" of information.

Alex Wildman - a teenaged boy who just had enough - 10/19/09
"NO child deserves to live in fear."
That is the message Alex Wildman's sisters chose to place on top of a collage of photos of their late brother.
It sits at the front of the Coroner's Court in Ballina - a reminder of the relentless bullying that drove the 14-year-old to take his own life.

Cyberbullying-increasing form of harassment-what parents should know - 10/18/09
Most of us may have experienced or witnessed some type of bullying in our lifetime. Bullying is no longer just the shakedown of kids of their lunch money during school hours. The act of kids bullying one another is not a new safety concern for parents, but cyberbulling is.

Adopt an anti-harassment policy and plan­before workplace malice gets out of hand - 10/18/09
Do you know exactly how you should respond to a sexual or racial harassment complaint? If you don’t, now is a good time to come up with a strategy­before you have to implement it.

Fake checks from Internet bounce woman into court - 10/18/09
After twice receiving fake checks from someone she had met on the Internet, 37-year-old Terri Schwartz was told to bring any more checks straight to the police.
She didn’t. Schwartz, of 418 Ann St., pleaded guilty before City Court Judge Daniel C. Wilson Wednesday to attempted petty larceny, reduced from attempted grand larceny. Her case was adjourned for sentencing to Nov. 25.

Horse guard's depraved - 10/18/09
A QUEEN'S Cavalry officer is today exposed as an internet pervert who hosts orgies in his royal barracks flat
By day Captain Tari Mundawarara proudly leads the Changing of the Guard as hundreds of tourists watch on Horse Guards parade.

Private medical records for sale: Harley Street clinic patients' files outsourced for computer input - and end up on black market - 10/18/09
The confidential medical records of patients treated at one of Britain’s top private hospitals have been illegally sold to undercover investigators.
Hundreds of files containing intimate details of patients’ conditions, home addresses and dates of birth are being offered for as little as £4 each.

Clash of schools, blogs raises free-speech issues - 10/17/09
A college student and a high school teacher may have pushed the limits of cyber-commentary by lashing out at their schools via the Internet.
Butler University is suing Jess Zimmerman, alleging libel and defamation. Beth Guthrie's Web criticisms have caused such an uproar that Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent Concetta Raimondi has posted a response on the district's Web site.

Warning over 'war-zone' e-mails - 10/17/09
Bogus e-mails purporting to be from service personnel serving in conflicts around the world have been sent to a number of people in the South West.

3rd Circuit Rejects Online Activists' Free-Speech Defense of Attacks on Animal Testing Firm - 10/16/09
The First Amendment does not insulate animal rights activists from criminal liability when they use an Internet Web site to orchestrate a campaign of harassment, cyberattacks, vandalism and destruction of property, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Bully Web Site Lands Missouri Teen in Jail - 10/16/09
Cyber-bullying has become a major issue around the world. Teens across the U.S. and across the pond in Europe find themselves constantly faced with this new form of harassment. But if we had to pick one place as the epicenter of this disturbing new trend it would be Missouri.

Legally Speaking: You've Been Served -- Without Ever Leaving the Computer - 10/15/09
When most people think of being served with legal documents, they picture the process server knocking at the door, literally the bearer of bad news.
Popular culture has perpetuated the image of the process server as someone who resorts to trickery and even disguises in order to catch their elusive prey - those who are desperately hoping to evade being served with, say, divorce papers or a summons announcing that they've been sued for millions of dollars.

The Net's Most Heinous Hoaxes - 10/15/09
Most online hoaxes are mildly annoying, and a few are hilarious. But propagating a false AMBER Alert over Twitter? Plastering an epilepsy forum with flashing images? Not cool. We'll take a look at some of the Web's most heinous hoaxes over the years, and sprinkle in a handful of amusing ones.

'Happy splashing' driver could face prosecution for 'deliberately soaking children with puddles... and posting video on YouTube' - 10/15/09
This is the moment a motorist takes part in a new craze dubbed 'happy splashing' - filming herself as she drives through a puddle to soak pedestrians.
Reckless Kerry Callard, 29, is heard howling with laughter as she powers through a puddle to soak schoolchildren waiting for a bus.

Stalkers using e-mail, texting to reach victims - 10/14/09
It had gotten to the point where walking the dog filled her with terror.
For Anne, an attractive 46-year-old mother of two grown children, life had become a frightening exercise; she never knew when her ex-boyfriend would be watching her, or sending her a threatening text message.

Schenectady man arrested for stalking - 10/14/09
New York State Police at Guilderland arrested a Schenectady man for third degree stalking and second degree aggrivated harassment after a year-long investigation into his alleged Internet stalking.

Facebook threat disrupts Charlottetown school - 10/14/09
Charlottetown Rural High School operated under heightened security Wednesday, a day after a shooting threat appeared on Facebook.
Although the school was locked down, according to police, classes continued as usual.

Colon cleanser sold on dead mom's Facebook page - 10/14/09
Shelby Breimer couldn't believe it when she found out her dead mother was promoting colon cleanser on Facebook.
Breimer, 15, said someone hijacked her mom's account.

Fraud fugitive in Facebook trap - 10/14/09
A man on the run, wanted for fraud by US authorities, inadvertently revealed where he was hiding through a series of extravagant Facebook updates.

£600,000 internet fraud gang faces jail - 10/14/09
A gang of internet fraudsters was facing jail today for using a sophisticated computer virus to steal £600,000 from bank customers.
Once the "malicious software" had infected their computers, it waited until users logged on to accounts, checked they had enough money and then insinuated itself into on-line cash transfer procedures.

Founder Of FlyersRights Says Delta Hacked Her Email Account - 10/14/09
Kate Hanni, the founder of the passenger advocacy group, has filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines in which she claims they hacked her email account and acquired personal email messages sent between her, some journalists, and a guy who was at the time working for Metron, a company hired by the FAA to investigate Delta.

Scrabble, the Mafia and burglars: Facebook’s top ten legal battles - 10/14/09
With news today that an alleged stalker has been arrested for “poking” her victim on Facebook, we look at ten other occasions where the social networking website has had a brush with the law.

Internet lover tells court of shock arrest over murder bid - 10/14/09
A man whose internet girlfriend allegedly tried to kill her husband told a court today he was "taken aback" when he was arrested for the same offence just an hour after meeting her for the first time.

Wife 'lured husband to woods for drug-fuelled sex... then slit his throat so she could meet internet lover for first time' - 10/13/09
A poet lured her husband into woodland for a drug-fuelled sex session and then slit his throat, a court was told yesterday.
Joanne Hale, 39, left him for dead so she could see a man she had met on the internet, a jury heard.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Need help w/book title

Need your help with a book title again! My publisher likes the title for the proposed book, but the big boss is hemming and hawing and wants something "scarier" - the current title is "The Internet Made Me Do It: True Crime Stories From the Web" - the first part is what needs to be changed. Any ideas? Please help!

Judge Rejects Ringtone Lawsuit Against Verizon

Judge Rejects Ringtone Lawsuit Against Verizon

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NEW Things That Stick In My Craw - Parking Idiots

NEW Things That Stick In My Craw - Parking Idiots

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Obama Named Country Music Entertainer of the Year

Obama Named Country Music Entertainer of the Year-

Monday, October 12, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - October 12, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Super Grandpa!

Man, 81, finishes race after borrowing a catheter

Organizers of the Twin Cities Marathon said they won't disqualify an 81-year-old runner who won his age group after using a borrowed catheter. Jerry Johncock of Shelbyville, Mich., was sidelined at an aid station about 21 miles into Sunday's race because a blood clot prevented him from urinating. The aid station had no catheter, but a spectator stepped forward to offer Johncock a catheter he had in his car.

Aides helped insert the catheter and Johncock went on to finish in a little over 5 hours 22 minutes.

Race officials considered disqualifying Johncock because of a rule against improper assistance. But executive director Virginia Brophy Achman said they decided Johncock didn't break the rule.

She called Johncock "a great role model and example of what you can do as a runner."

Johncock's wife, Dorlene, said her husband was cheered by the ruling. She said he found the whole situation a little humorous.

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Cold turkey for a Facebook addict - 10/12/09
It's become a daily ritual for millions, but what happens when you de-activate your Facebook account and go cold turkey? Caroline Hocking - a self-confessed obsessive - finds out.

Staying Safe on Facebook: Are You Doing Enough? - 10/12/09
Keeping in touch with friends has always been important, but since the invention of the social networking site Facebook, keeping in touch with people has become of part of many PUC students' normal routines.

Is your phone a secret spy? - 10/12/09
Sneaky people and technology can turn your cell phone against you.
Cell phone spyware makes it easy for someone to eavesdrop on your conversations, intercept text messages and identify your location. And you may never know it’s happening, experts say.

Textual overtones - Digital dogging is new tool for office sexual harrassers - 10/12/09
Digital technology has enabled workers to be more productive, allowed them to communicate around the world instantaneously and generally redefined almost every job description on Earth.
But it’s also given cubicle creeps and departmental degenerates new ways to sexually harass co-workers and underlings.

Techie remanded for harassing wife, demanding dowry - 10/11/09
Police on Friday arrested a software engineer for allegedly harassing his wife after marriage in July this year and threatening to
upload on the internet nude pictures of her if she refused to accede to his demand for dowry. He was remanded in judicial custody after being produced before a magistrate's court.

High-Tech Harassment in Social Media - 10/10/09
Technology keeps providing new opportunities for harassment: social media identity theft, cell phone abuse, online bullying, the list goes on.

HealthWise: High-tech harassment - 10/09/09
The school bully strides down the hall, ready to wreak havoc on his next victim. Instead of reaching for the nearest open locker to shove the shrimp in, he grabs a cell phone.

HEXUS.TalkingShop: e-victims and the human cost of phishing - 10/09/09
The publication of thousands of user names and passwords for Hotmail, Gmail and a number of other flavours of online email accounts on to the web this week has brought the issue of phishing - the fraudulent acquisition of personal information online, usually for criminal purposes - into the mainstream consciousness.

8% of web users have considered hacking into a friend's account - 10/09/09
More than one in ten social networkers thinks their account has been hacked, says Research by the comparison website revealed that 8 percent of web users admitted they have thought about or been successful at hacking into a friend Facebook, Twitter or email account.

$2,000 in bogus bills passed in Sweetwater; funny money traced to Nigerian scam - 10/09/09
Police are investigating the passing of $2,000 in counterfeit $100 bills at a Sweetwater department store this week.
Even though she was not aware she was holding counterfeit currency, a 48-year-old Sweetwater woman could be in trouble for buying a money order with it.

Comcast tries pop-up alerts to warn of infections - 10/09/09
Comcast Corp. wants to enlist its customers in a fight against a huge problem for Internet providers ­ the armies of infected personal computers, known as "botnets," that suck up bandwidth by sending spam and facilitating cybercrime.

Hotmail security breach spreads as 30,000 Gmail and Yahoo! passwords are posted online - 10/08/09
The massive security breach that led to millions of Hotmail customers being advised to change their passwords has now spread to users of email services including Gmail and Yahoo! Mail.

Six charged in '£5m ticket fraud' - 10/08/09
Six people have been charged over an alleged £5m online fraud involving ticket sales for the Beijing Olympics and other sporting and music events.

Club attacker found on Facebook - 10/08/09
A clubber who attacked a man with a bottle has been jailed after his victim tracked him down using the Facebook social networking site.

Facebook 'poke' leads to woman's arrest - 10/08/09
A Hendersonville woman was arrested for virtually “poking” someone on the social networking site Facebook. Shannon D. Jackson, 36, was arrested Friday, Sept. 25 for allegedly violating an order of protection.

Scareware on the rise - 10/08/09
Fortinet’s September report found a spike in the number of scareware malware and several new computer vulnerabilities.

Jetstar probes alleged cyber-stalking - 10/07/09
A TEENAGE girl on a flight from the Sunshine Coast has been contacted by a Jetstar attendant after he accessed her private information on the flight manifest, it is alleged.

Inspector suspended for viewing porn - 10/07/09
A Grand Traverse County employee is serving a four-week, unpaid suspension for viewing pornography on his office computer.

Citing Cybercrime, FBI Director Doesn't Bank Online - 10/07/09
The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has stopped banking online after nearly falling for a phishing attempt.
FBI Director Robert Mueller said he recently came "just a few clicks away from falling into a classic Internet phishing scam" after receiving an e-mail that appeared to be from his bank.

Police befriend Facebook, Twitter users - 10/07/09
Canadian police forces are getting tips on how to track sexual predators and gang members by setting up fake accounts on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Whistleblower website invites online leaks, raises legal and ethical questions - 10/07/09
Will the post-first, ask-questions-later attitude fuelling much of online citizen journalism open new doors for government insiders and other whistleblowers to tell what they know on the Internet?

Teen student charged after emailed AK-47 threat - 10/06/09
A student was arrested Saturday after an alleged gun threat was emailed to students at a high school in Charlotte, authorities said.

McHenry County man arrested over e-mail threat to county official - 10/06/09
A McHenry County man apparently upset over the amount of court fees he's been paying on old criminal cases may be in line for a lot more after his arrest Monday on allegations he sent a threatening e-mail to Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe.

Royal Mail lawyers demand closure of postcode lookup site - 10/06/09
A UK postcode lookup service has been slapped with a cease and desist letter from the Royal Mail, forcing it to close down its website.
Until last Friday (2 October) North London-based Ernest Marples Postcodes Ltd had been providing web outfits with an API to power their sites that helped people search for information specific to their area.

Rappers used song to scare off murder witnesses - 10/06/09
Two rappers were convicted today of trying to scare off witnesses to a murder in a song placed on the internet.
The "chilling" song warned people who talked to the police that they could be shot, the Old Bailey heard.

Woman in Philippines cracks Oklahoma burglary case after spotting suspects over webcam - 10/06/09
Police say three people who tried to rob a man's suburban Oklahoma City apartment were caught by his wife in the Philippines, who saw them on the webcam the couple uses to communicate while they are apart.

The economy's so bad. . .

(from a friend)

The Economy's Sooooo Bad That:

I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

I ordered a burger at McDonalds & the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds", you call them & ask if they meant you or them.

Hot Wheels & Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

McDonalds is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies & learned their children's names.

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

Motel 6 won't leave the light on anymore.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Waterville, Maine Schools Presentation

The Central Maine School District hired me to come speak to faculty (and some parents) from the various schools in their district about students staying safer online. I drove two hours to Waterville, Maine to give the presentation on October 6th - a two hour presentation, so seven hours total (one was setup).

About 60 people attended and three were school resource officers, which was great! I got a lot of great questions and feedback and I am hoping some of the schools will book me to speak to students and parents at their schools.

I did my usual of my alter ego asking students to be friends on Facebook, then showed my results to the attendees:

70 were asked to be a friend of my alter ego
67 approved my alter ego as a friend
Only 5 asked who I was but they still approved me
30 were boys; 37 girls
40% listed their cell phone number in their profile - 55% of those were girls
1 girl also listed her home phone
65% listed their AIM screen name
95% listed an email address (sometimes two)
3 boys and 2 girls listed their home address
5 boys and 2 girls listed where they work
2 boys and 3 girls listed their Myspace URL

Note: I never respond to messages sent to my alter ego. I just make note of who emails me and if they ask who I am, then if they still approve me. There is never any interaction w/ my alter ego's friends.

Then I showed the photos I found: One of two girls holding up glasses of what looked like beer; two photos of girls holding up their breasts (yes, they were dressed, but the shots were provocative), one of a group of young boys and girls dancing in their underwear and a screen shot of some of the quizzes these under 18 kids do - my fave was "Which drunken bitches are you?"

Then, of the students who posted their home address, I showed how easy it was to get a map to their house and other info.

Needless to say, my "Internet Scared Straight" presentation worked.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

It's hardest when it hits home

State police arrest 31-year-old Northfield man for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and other charges -

Monday, October 05, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - October 5, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The Nintendo Wii had better watch out

Nobody move or the iPhone gets it

Proof, were it needed, that some people really shouldn’t be allowed out on their own, reaches us from Cincinnati, where a whackjob threatened to pop a cap in his recalcitrant iPhone’s sorry ass in front of horrified Apple staff.

38 year old Ohio man Donald Goodrich was arrested Friday for brandishing a stylish black 9mm pistol at his local Apple Store in Kenwood Towne Centre and threatening to shoot his iPhone because it wasn’t showing him enough respect.

Goodrich walked up to the Genius Bar, and screamed: "I'm so mad, I could pop a 9mm at it. I’ll do it right now! Look!" He then opened his shirt, revealing a concealed weapon.

Apple worker Chelsea Levine attempted to calm Goodrich by taking him over to a technician saying they’d fix the phone, while her manager called the cops. When they arrived they arrested Goodrich for aggravated menacing, as employees and customers quite reasonably said they had felt threatened by his actions.

Although Goodrich has – or at least, had – a permit to carry concealed weapons, he failed to mention to the cops that he was packing heat when he was arrested, so he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon as well.

Goodrich was held in jail overnight and released on condition that he stays away from the mall and promises to return for the court hearing.

The iPhone is receiving counselling. There’s an app for that. Probably.

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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)

MySpace Threats Reach Across State Lines - 10/05/09
Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities have jurisdiction to prosecute domestic violence charges for comments posted on a defendant's MySpace page from a computer in another state, a Lawrence County common pleas judge has ruled.

Cyberstalking imperils - 10/05/09
While bringing immense benefits to society, rapidly advancing communications technology is giving abused women a frightening new reality.
A Washington, D.C.-based technology safety expert will tell a Winnipeg audience this week about the emerging "cyberstalking" threat and how to steer clear of men who use electronic location-tracking, computer spyware and relay services to put their former partners through living hell.

FTC: Bloggers must disclose payments for reviews - 10/05/09
The Federal Trade Commission will require bloggers to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products.

Cybersecurity starts at home and in the office - 10/04/09
When swine flu broke out, the government revved up a massive information campaign centered on three words: Wash your hands. The Obama administration now wants to convey similarly clear and concise guidance about one of the biggest national security threats in your home and office ­ the computer.

Names should be required with online commentary - 10/04/09
If you read, watch or listen to local, state and national media, there is an excellent chance that you will be angered in some way at some point.
Or maybe you’ll just find yourself disgusted, disillusioned or even incredulous as a result of what you read and see in newspapers and on the Internet, what you see and hear on TV and what is presented on radio.

Facing up to the evil that woman do. - 10/03/09
Female paedophila.
It is society’s last taboo – the very antithesis of our perception of women. Women are meant to be the nurturers, mothers, carers and protectors of children, not predators. None of the parents at Little Ted’s Day Nursery in Plymouth suspected Vanessa George was abusing their young children.

Hospital CEO cited for cyberstalking in Klickitat County - 10/02/09
Dave Bernier, fired as Lake Chelan Community Hospital’s CEO, was apparently cited in Klickitat County with cyberstalking a few days before the hospital board met to terminate him.

Man Arrested for Allegedly Cyberstalking Teen - 10/02/09,0,297835.story
Deputies in Alamance County arrested a man they say was allegedly stalking a teenager.

Nursery worker Vanessa George: sinister forces can take over in the virtual online world - 10/02/09
People's behaviour tends to change online, whether it is through the use of social networking websites such as MySpace and Twitter, or Googling things that we probably shouldn’t, writes Professor Mark Griffiths after details emerge of the Vanessa George child abuse case.

MySpace Is For 'Stalking,' Says Owner of MySpace - 10/02/09
Media mogul and grumpy old man Rupert Murdoch has developed a "personal antipathy to the Internet," biographer Michael Wolff writes. Murdoch even thinks MySpace, which he himself paid $580 million for, is kind of a criminal piece of garbage

Police searching for dangerous cyberstalker - 10/01/09
The search is on for a dangerous cyberstalker who has terrorized a King County woman. Investigators say text messages have turned into murder threats.

Facebook bullies ruined my life: As the first internet bully is sent to jail, the story that will terrify every parent - 10/01/09
A new fan club has popped up on the social networking site Facebook. With 367 members unified in their vociferous support of the fan club's figurehead, it bears the pointed title: 'Keeley Is Not A Bully.'

High Court serves injunction via Twitter - 10/01/09
The High Court has used microblogging service Twitter to serve an injunction against an anonymous web user who has used the platform to impersonate someone else.

Wikipedia: 20 articles earmarked for deletion - 10/01/09
Wikipedia owes its astonishing depth - 13 million articles and counting - to its policy of open-door collaboration. But that openness can be a mixed blessing.

In depth: police baffled by abuse Facebook connection - 10/01/09
The “Facebook Connection” is the one aspect of the investigation that detectives have failed to resolve to their satisfaction.
They are convinced Colin Blanchard, Vanessa George and Angela Allen met on the social networking site some time around September 2008. But they don’t know how.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month - 10/01/09
It’s October! Football season, Halloween and National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Whether you’re the IT admin or the person that answers the ‘info@’ emails you should always stay abreast of cyber security threats.

Police: e-mail threat to Murrysville school came from Czech Republic - 09/30/09
An e-mail that threatened gun violence at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville yesterday morning is believed to have come from someone who hacked into a students' account using a server in the Czech Republic, Murrysville police said.

New Viruses Target Banks, Social Networks - 09/30/09
Cyber criminals are increasingly focusing their attacks on the hundreds of millions of users of social networks and on loopholes in bank security systems, security software vendors said on Wednesday.

Suitcase girl 'killed on date' - 09/30/09
A WOMAN whose body was found in a suitcase was murdered after going on an internet date, it was revealed yesterday.
Leah Questin, 37, was last seen alive on September 12.

Computer hacks jump in '09: study - 09/29/09
Canadian companies faced more computer attacks in the past 12 months, which cost companies almost twice as much to fight, according to a study released Tuesday.
A survey of 600 information technology professionals compiled by Telus Corp. and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto showed that the number of attacks jumped to 11.3 per organization in the past year, up from three in 2008.

A nice email I received this morning

Got this in my email this morning - it made my day:

"I was reading the article of what happened to you when you tried to do the right thing and I wanted to say that no one should have to go through such. I've been trying to get published and have seen all sorts of scams, though fortunately I've not yet fallen for them, and can understand to what lengths people will go through to get what they think will be their revenge. I also play a fantasy character in a role play game on AOL and have individuals who developed very bad grudges against me for interactions between our characters in which my character was able to be proven better than theirs at something. There was one who went so far as to try to accuse me of murdering her best friend - in real life not in the game - to try to force me to stop gaming. These accusations, of course, were always proven false and the individuals, themselves, were always the ones who ended up in trouble for it. I am very proud that someone has the guts to stand up and say NO when someone else tries to use pressure and threats to get them to capitulate and your work on getting cyber-harassment and abuse criminalized so it can be stopped is important and is work I, for one, am very grateful for."