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Monday, November 30, 2009

New Book!

I signed the contract for my newest book - True Crime Online: Most Shocking Stories from the Dark Side of the Web, due out in fall of 2011. Publisher is the same for my Net Crimes books, Cyberage Books, an imprint of Information Today, Inc. I am very excited!

WHO@ Newsletter - November 30, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Snort!

Pig farts spark Australia gas scare

A flatulent pig sparked a gas emergency in southern Australia when a farmer mistook its odours for a leaking pipe, according to officials.

Fifteen firefighters and two trucks were called to a property at Axedale in central Victoria state after reports of a gas leak, the Country Fire Service said.

"When we got there, as we drove up the driveway, there was this huge sow, about a 120-odd kilo (265-pound) sow, and it was very obvious where the gas was coming from," said fire captain Peter Harkins.

"We could not only smell it, but we heard it and it was quite funny."

Harkins said the pig's owner was "a little bit embarrassed to say the least," and it took fire crews a little while to compose themselves.

"It was fairly obvious what it was. I think we dealt with it fairly professionally and had a bit of a giggle when we got back to the station," he told public broadcaster ABC.

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Report: FBI paid controversial NJ blogger for help - 11/30/09
A New Jersey blogger about to stand trial on charges he made death threats against federal judges apparently was paid by the FBI in its battle against domestic terrorism, according to a published report.

Facebook face the bullies - 11/29/09
Facebook is... joining our Click Bullying Into Touch campaign as the net closes in on vile cyberbullies.

For stars, high-tech gaffes hard to hide - 11/28/09
So, you fail to take a deep breath and to count to 10 ­ and you post something you probably shouldn't on Twitter or Facebook, or somewhere else online.

Text-a-Tip programs allow tipsters to help police - 11/28/09
A mother in Boston tells police her 8-year-old boy was shot to death in their apartment by gunmen in hooded sweat shirts during a home invasion. Officers later receive a text message from an anonymous tipster that leads them to a much different conclusion: the boy's 7-year-old cousin accidentally shot him while the two boys were playing with a loaded 9 mm handgun.

Woman Charged After Email Threat Delays MIA Flight - 11/28/09
A Sunny Isles woman concerned her boss would miss his pre-Thanksgiving AmericanAirlines flight to Honduras apparently tried to buy him some extra timeby making a bomb threat. While the flight was detained so was she, after she was caught because she not only phoned the threat in, she used a computer to e-mail it, leading police straight to her door.

Internet sales of hidden 'nanny' cameras booming - 11/28/09
There’s nothing like a stout mix of fear and falling technology prices to whip up sales of hidden cameras.
Surveillance experts say sales of “nanny cams” are exploding, fueled by distrust and easy access to inexpensive, quality equipment from Web sites around the world.

Vitale loses bid to bar use of e-mail - 11/28/09
A judge has rejected a plea by Richard Vitale, former House speaker Salvatore DiMasi’s friend and former financial adviser, to bar prosecutors from using his personal e-mails in their influence-peddling case against him.

Watch out for abusive Web relationships, AWAIC tells young adults - 11/27/09
It's an effort to reduce a growing problem among teens and young adults in Alaska: dating violence and abuse through the Internet.
Abused Women's Aid in Crisis kicked off a campaign to raise awareness about the issue Friday, with a little help from a local radio station. Tonight we take a closer look at the campaign, and the dangers of social networking sites.

Lawyer calls for camera phones to be banned at the office Christmas party - 11/27/09
Mobile camera phones should be banned from office Christmas parties to prevent photographs of workers misbehaving being posted on the internet, an employment lawyer has warned.

Facebook fakes steal AFL stars' identities - 11/27/09,28348,26407580-5014239,00.html
MORE than 40 AFL players have had their identities stolen on social networking websites, with one footballer so concerned he has reported the fraud to police.

JNTU students mail bomb threats in V-C’s name - 11/26/09|PaItzec=&SectionID=xAV59odivTs=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=BUzPVSKuYv7MFxnS0yZ7ng==&SEO=Jawaharlal%20Nehru%20Technological%20University-Hyderaba
Detained students of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad (JNTUH) are suspected to have sent out email threats to Technical Education Minister MV Ramana, Andhra Pradesh Council for Higher Education chairman KC Reddy and their own vice-chancellor DN Reddy.

Starving trolls is key to internet harmony - 11/26/09
Ignoring internet "trolls" is the best way to deter people who surf the internet picking fights and abusing people on discussion forums, says an expert. ABC News Online this week scrapped its 'Open for Comment' panel in a bid to deter trolls, who constantly start arguments and hurl abuse at other participants.

From The Geniuses Behind Net Censorship Comes “The Panic Button” - 11/26/09
Some of the strongest advocates for internet censorship in Australia are now pushing a new idea to save kiddies from the dangers that apparently lurk behind every website: a “panic button.”

Two Beefeaters sacked from Tower of London for bullying first female Yeoman - 11/26/09
Two Beefeaters have been sacked for bullying the first woman to join their ranks.
Colleagues said Mark Sanders-Crook and Bob Brown had been dismissed and would have to leave their grace-and-favour homes in the Tower of London after being found guilty of harassing Moira Cameron.

Hong Kong police track Facebook suicide group: report - 11/26/09
Hong Kong police are seeking the Internet user behind a Facebook group that encouraged teenagers to commit mass suicide, a report said Thursday, after a 15-year-old member tried to kill himself.

Sexting is serious - 11/25/09
Sending nude or otherwise provocative pictures through text messages is called sexting.
Even if you haven't heard of it, you can bet teens and the police have. Wednesday Captain Dan Hally from the Asotin County Sheriff's Office talked to teens at CHS about the dangers.

Hit me on my cell: Digital abuse among teens - 11/25/09
Call it textual harassment, sexting, cyber-stalking, but new technology has given birth to new ways for teens (and younger) to participate in dangerous behaviors.

Police Conducting Facebook Drinking Stings - 11/25/09
We know Facebook has helped police solve all sorts of crimes, from burglary to vandalism.
But did you know it’s also being used to fight a far more pernicious crime? No, not child sex abuse.
Underage drinking.

Parents need to pay attention - 11/24/09
Parents need to pay attention to what their children are doing and talk to them regularly. That was the overall advice given to a group of parents, teachers and citizens who attended a community meeting Thursday, hosted by School Resource Officers Lt. Darvin Couch, Cindy George and Anthony Walden.

2 busted for threatening YouTube rap - 11/24/09
Two young Massachusetts men have been charged with posting a threatening video on YouTube that mentioned the names of a state trooper and a probation officer.

Former Olympian jailed over 'cyber-sex' sessions con - 11/24/09
A former weightlifting champion has been jailed for three years for tricking young boys into taking part in internet "cyber-sex" sessions.

Monday, November 23, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - November 23, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .That'll distract them for sure
Trapped thief drops trousers in bungled burglary

He wiggled, jiggled and even dropped his trousers, but a thief trying to break into a supermarket in Portugal stayed stuck fast in a tiny window until he was rescued by police and the fire brigade.

"Apparently he dropped his trousers as he was trying to free himself by wiggling," Capt. Santos, local police chief in Loule in southern Portugal, told Reuters Monday.

He said the slim 22-year-old Romanian man had spent about 11 hours stuck in the window, including the two hours it took police and the fire brigade to get him out Sunday morning.

"Once he got his upper body inside, there was nothing there to find support on, so he was stuck at his waist ... It's not uncommon for thieves to get inside and then not be able to get out after a burglary, but this was quite unusual," Santos said.

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Doctor cleared of sexual harassment sues Internet provider for info on blog author - 11/23/09
A doctor cleared of sexual harassment charges has filed a lawsuit demanding an Internet provider hand over information on a blog author, saying his reputation was damaged in an online post after the ruling.

Women warned off no-strings sex sites - 11/22/09
LONELY Welsh women are turning to sordid internet sites to find no-strings thrills, Wales on Sunday can reveal.
The lovelorn browsers could become targets for stalkers and kidnappers, experts believe, as the so-called casual encounter forums could act as a magnet for dangerous predators.

Erin Andrews' lawyer to federal judge: Accused stalker preyed upon a second woman - 11/22/09
According to the New York Daily News, ESPN's Erin Andrews wasn't the only woman that her accused stalker preyed upon. When suspect Michael Barrett made his first appearance in federal court on Friday, Andrews' lawyer, Marshall Grossman, read parts of a five-page statement from an Arizona woman who claims the same man had stalked her, the Daily News reports.

Girl, 12, driven to suicide attempt by text messages - 11/21/09
On Tuesday a mother and her 12-year-old daughter sat on opposite ends of their living room sofa and did their best to explain to me why the daughter, a seventh grader, tried to end her life earlier this month.

Networking sites can fuel criminal obsession - 11/21/09
Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin and Twitter have created platforms for friends, business colleagues and often strangers to connect. Users can post pictures, videos, comments and messages.

Marshwood Middle School parents told 58 of 60 kids accepted unknown Facebook friend - 11/21/09
Marshwood Middle School parents were shocked to learn from Internet expert Jayne Hitchcock Thursday evening that 58 of 60 middle school honors students accepted her as a friend on Facebook without knowing who she was.

Cyberbullying and ‘sexting’ - 11/21/09
The U.S. Secret Service came to Secaucus High School/Middle School on Nov. 13 to give a presentation on “Hazards of Electonic Medium,” which included a discussion of cyberbullying, online social networking, texting, “sexting,” and online safety for young people, addressing issues that have made national headlines.

Hackers 'expose global warming con': Sceptics claim that leaked emails reveal research centre massaged temperature data - 11/21/09
One of the world’s leading climate change research centres has been accused of manipulating data on global warming after thousands of private emails and documents were leaked.
Hackers targeted the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and published the files, including some personal messages, on the internet.

Pirates find easy new pickings in open waters of e-book publishing - 11/21/09
Digital pirates, who for years have tormented the music and film industries, have found a new source of plunder in e-book publishing.
With the words “dan brown lost symbol torrent” and a few clicks, anyone can download the American author’s latest bestseller free via any of hundreds of web links.

From cinema screens to illegal DVDs in the same day - 11/21/09
Online piracy has moved from a niche problem carried out by tech-savvy file-sharers to a mass movement, according to the music and film industries.
Paramount Pictures said that pirated versions of Star Trek were downloaded more than 5 million times in the four months after its release.

False information about minister leads to cyberstalking charge - 11/20/09
A Mount Holly woman faces a cyberstalking charge for allegedly e-mailing false information about a minister to church leaders.

Mussolini's 'brain and blood for sale on internet' - 11/20/09
The granddaughter of Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini has said that blood and parts of his brain have been stolen to sell on the internet.

Fake medicines seized as websites are shut down - 11/20/09
The public are being warned of the dangers of buying unlicensed medicines on the internet. The alert comes as hundreds of websites are being shut down for selling fake or illicit drugs around the world.

Stalker who tricked nurse to send nude pics blames religious upbringing - 11/19/09,23739,26374030-3102,00.html
A GOLD Coast radiographer who tricked a hospital nurse into sending him nude photos of herself has blamed his crime on a strict religious upbringing and an addiction to pornography.

Dangers of Technology: Cyber-bullying, stalking can have damaging effects - 11/19/09
These days school bullies are not like many parents remember them.
The next generation is using popular social networking sites to attack your kids.

Glassed woman tracks down attacker on Facebook - 11/19/09
When police drew a blank in the hunt for the woman thug who nearly blinded her in a vicious nightclub attack, Jennifer Wilson did not let the matter rest.

Dog abuser gets internet justice - 11/19/09
DISGUSTED internet users joined forces yesterday to hunt down a mindless thug filmed throwing a dog off a busy bridge. The vile Lithuanian man was videoed by his pals joking that "dogs can fly" before hurling the helpless pup into a dried-up ravine.

Dubai court gets first Facebook libel case - 11/18/09
A business partner has admitted cursing and defaming his former employee on Facebook during the first-of-its-kind trial involving the worldwide electronic social networking tool.
This is believed to be the first court hearing, which involves suspects abusing Facebook for unlawful acts, to be highlighted in the media.

Spam's new flavours - 11/18/09
When Luis von Ahn gives talks on his work fighting spam, he likes to start by asking the audience a question. "How many of you have had to fill out one of those web forms that asks you to read a distorted sequence of letters or a word?" he asks. "How many of you found that annoying?"

'So I called her dumb, blonde and decorative? That's not an insult' - 11/18/09
Joking about dumb blondes, topless women and sex is a perfectly reasonable way to behave at work, a wealthy financier has insisted.
In Mark Lowe's high-octane world of hedge-fund management, risqué comments and e-mails about women, lady-boys and sheep are just part of the wallpaper.

When the stalker is someone you trust - 11/17/09
OVER the past few weeks in our Women Reclaim the Web campaign, we have learned that 80 per cent of victims of cyber-stalking are women, and many have been the victims of ex-lovers, but although it seems relationships have a lot to do with online stalking it is not always men who are the stalkers. This week, we talk to a woman who was stabbed in the back by the person who she least expected.

Facebook threat ex is a free man - 11/17/09
A MAN who left abusive messages on his ex-girlfriend's Facebook page and threatened to kill her and her family has walked free from court.
Lloyd Pearce, aged 22, insulted and threatened his former partner, her mother and uncle face to face, via the social networking site, by phone and text over a month.

Rage at Claudia hoaxer - 11/17/09
THE parents of Claudia Lawrence were shattered yesterday after a vile hoaxer posed as the missing university chef on Facebook.
Furious cops were last night hunting the sicko, who left a message on the social networking website reading: "Hi everyone - I am OK and safe and sound."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Marshwood Middle School Presentations

On Thursday, I talked to students at Marshwood Middle School in Eliot, Maine. There were 565 of them and I went through the usual, cyberbullying, online predators, sexting and then I did my Facebook thing. I told them I have an alter ego who asked some students to be friends with them and then I said, "How well do you think you guys did?" You could hear a pin drop.

I was asked by the school not to show photos I found, even though I block out faces, so I obeyed, but I did find:

•60 were asked to be a friend of my alter ego
•58 approved my alter ego as a friend
•5 asked who I was, but 3 still approved me
•65% were boys; 35% girls
•25% list their cell phone number in their profile – this was evenly divided between boys & girls
–3 girls also listed their home phone
•65% list their AIM screen name
•All list an email address (sometimes two)
•3 boys & 1 girl listed their home address
•One girl had over 400 photos
•37% have videos
•One of the videos was taken in homeroom while students were playing basketball (no teacher in sight)
•Some also filled out surveys, revealing more info about themselves
•It didn’t matter if they put in a birthdate that wasn’t really theirs (one boy listed his as 1904) or that they already graduated from high school in 1989, it’s not that hard to find students at their school. Anyone can go to the local newspaper's web site, do a search for the school name + honor roll and come up with a list of student names, then plug those names into the search box at Facebook to ask students to be a friend.

Which is what I did.

Afterwards, I got some really good questions from the students. I don't usually get a lot, but these kids were great. Some had good comments as well. I was really pleasantly surprised.

My parent talk that night went great as well. I was happy.

This was until I went to my alter ego's FB profile when I got home to find some of the kids were on a witch hunt to find out who my alter ego was. They weren't even close. They thought it was one girl, whose photo did look photoshopped, and began harassing her on her wall. Then they found another girl and started bugging her. I actually contacted both of them on my Netcrimes FB account to let them know to just ignore, delete and block these kids. Both girls were grateful and thanked me.

I am just happy it is only a handful of students who are doing this. Which means I got through to over 500 of them.

What these kids who went on the witch hunt don't realize is that my alter ego (I have two, a boy and a girl) may not have been a girl and that alter ego may not be in their age group, or even on this side of the USA, or even in the USA. So they started attacking people they friended without doing what I suggested to them - go through your friends list and delete anyone who isn't REALLY your friend.

Of the 58 who did approve me, only four have deleted my alter ego. A bit disappointing, but not surprising. It's a big deal to have a lot of friends on FB and the more you have, the more popular you are. At least I can keep an eye on them and quite honestly, if I find something that needs to be dealt with, I will contact the school to let them know what's going on.

Let's hope my "words of wisdom" eventually get to that handful.

Monday, November 16, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - November 16, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Wow.
Mass. principal bans students from saying 'Meep!'

Who knew "Meep!" was a four-letter word? The utterance favored by bungling lab assistant Beaker of "The Muppet Show" has been banned at Danvers High School in Massachusetts after students said it to repeatedly interrupt school.

Principal Thomas Murray said the word was part of a disruption planned using Facebook.

The Salem News reports that parents recently got an automated call about "Meep!" from Murray. He warned them that students who said or displayed the word at school could be suspended.

Murray says the warning was needed because students didn't heed his "reasonable request" to stop the meeping.

Danvers High sophomore Melanie Crane says it doesn't mean anything in particular.

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Cyberbullies hit primary schools - 11/16/09
Cyberbullying is a growing problem in primary schools, according to the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Online gangs cashing in on swine flu - 11/16/09
Criminal gangs are making millions of dollars out of the H1N1 flu pandemic by selling fake flu drugs over the internet, a web security firm said on Monday.

Brazilian police hunt lone blogger exposing 'unfaithful' wives online - 11/15/09
Brazilian police are hunting a blogger who claims to be waging a lone crusade against unfaithful wives.
The man, from a small rural town of Lagoa da Prata, in Minas Gerais, has so far posted the name of 300 supposed cuckolds on a popular social networking site.

Trail of online suicides - 11/15/09
A CHILLING series of deaths have been linked to bullying via social networking sites.
The victims - just like Matthew - were forced to endure the twin attacks of physical playground intimidation and internet threats.

Fake payslips bought on the web at the centre of mortgage fraud racket worth millions - 11/15/09
All it took was a few clicks of the mouse and a payment of £35 for an Observer reporter to obtain a counterfeit payslip over the internet which would allow her to commit mortgage fraud worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Slaughterman executed mother with bolt gun in front of her daughters after she snubbed him on Facebook - 11/14/09
A stalker was jailed for life yesterday for murdering a mother with a bolt gun used to slaughter livestock.
Fitness instructor Mary Griffiths, 38, had been due to meet police earlier that evening but her appointment to discuss the harassment had been put off until the following morning.

TN state trooper suspended over racially charged e-mail - 11/14/09
A Tennessee state trooper has been suspended for 15 days without pay and will be required to attend diversity training after he accidentally sent an e-mail proclaiming white pride to 787 state employees.

‘I’m coming to finish you off’ – attacker makes online threats to teenage victim - 11/14/09
AN attacker has taunted his terrified victim on teenage website Bebo – saying: “I’m coming to get you.”
The youngster, 17, nearly killed schoolboy Daniel Davenport 16 months ago in a knife attack.

Spam Campaign Targets Payment Transfer System - 11/13/09
A new spam campaign is targeting a financial transfer system that handles trillions of dollars in transactions annually and has proved to be a fertile target of late for online fraudsters.

Fake Verizon 'balance-checker' Is a Trojan - 11/13/09
Cyber-criminals have started preying on Verizon Wireless customers, sending out spam e-mail messages that say their accounts are over the limit and offering them a "balance checker" program to review their payments.

Gang jailed for £600,000 NatWest internet banking fraud - 11/13/09
A gang of internet fraudsters have been jailed for using a sophisticated computer virus to steal £600,000 from NatWest bank customers.

Wife snares paedophile husband by posing as online schoolgirl using computer in room next door - 11/13/09
A wife posed as a schoolgirl online to catch her husband using an internet chatroom to groom underage girls for sex.
Cheryl Roberts, 61, had become concerned about the amount of time her husband David spent at his computer.

Celebrity homes Web site raises concerns - 11/12/09
Suppose you could look at the pool in back of James Cameron's Malibu estate. Or admire the ornate garden on Haim Saban's Beverly Hills mansion. Or check out the tennis court at Tiger Woods' Florida home.
Should you?

Recently arrested NIU employee has history of similar offenses - 11/12/09
How NIU screens potential employees differs depending on the position applicants are seeking.
Steve Cunningham, vice president of human resources, said background checks are done on security-sensitive positions, which are defined as having contact with minors, controlled substances, weapons, and hazardous materials, and having access to the residence halls, among other things.

Social Networking and the New Workplace - 11/12/09
You are on the phone with a colleague and suddenly you feel as though you are speaking to yourself. You hear in the background the clicking of a computer keyboard, and you realize that you've lost the other person's attention. They are surfing the Internet or, more likely, checking their Facebook or Twitter account.

MPAA Shuts Down Town's Free Muni WiFi Over 1 Download - 11/12/09
The MPAA forced the town Coshocton, OH to shut down their entire free municipal WiFi network because of a single instance of a single user illegally downloading a copyrighted movie.

City worker frustrated over e-mail harassment - 11/12/09
An openly gay staffer in the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office is expressing frustration with the pace of an investigation into a harassing e-mail sent to another gay employee.

WDCA hits out at cyber sledging - 11/12/09
WARRNAMBOOL and District Cricket Association (WDCA) is breaking new ground by threatening to suspend players, officials and clubs which intimidate or degrade opponents by online sledging.

Porn star fake identity used to get nude nurse pics - court - 11/12/09,20797,26337992-3102,00.html?from=public_rss
A RADIOGRAPHER created an internet identity using photos of a female porn star to trick a nurse into sending him raunchy photos of herself, a court has been told.

Headteacher suspends pupils after being 'cyberbullied' by Facebook group attacking her dress sense - 11/12/09
A headteacher has suspended three pupils after they set up a Facebook group attacking her dress sense.
Elizabeth Hitch was so incensed by comments on the social networking site that she threatened dozens of others at Beaumont School, St Albans, with disciplinary action.

I-Team: Former Weatherman Responds to Stalking Allegations - 11/11/09
A well-known TV weathercaster says personal demons drove him to threaten a woman he met on a dating service website.
The I-Team broke the story about dozens of strange and menacing messages left by former Channel 3 Meteorologist John Fredericks -- messages which led to a report filed with Las Vegas police.

Facebook: Friend or Foe? - 11/11/09
I recently read an article in the New York Times entitled “The Facebook Exodus.” Being a frequent Facebook user myself after I read the article I felt, well frankly, disturbed by it.

Family of missing woman getting threats - 11/10/09
In January of 2006 Drew Kesse’s daughter Jennifer Kesse vanished from her apartment near the Mall at Millenia. Now more worries for her father as police investigate death threats against him. After Jennifer Kesse disappeared, was set up to help find the missing girl. For years people have posted well wishes, encouragement, even tips on where the girl might be. And every morning Drew Kesse reads the guestbook portion of the site.

The Facebook stalker - 11/10/09
A SPURNED weirdo who sent a girl hundreds of sick Facebook messages has been branded one of Britain's worst cyber-stalkers.
Jason Smith, 23, targeted Alexandra Scarlett in an 18-month online hate campaign after she rejected him.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Microsoft Bans Up to One Million Users From Xbox Live

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sexting news story I'm in

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Three years ago today. . .

On this day three years ago, I buried my late husband, who was a Marine. Today is the Marine Corps Birthday. Ooh-rah Marines!

Military eat free at Applebee's on Veterans Day - Breaking news -

Military eat free at Applebee's on Veterans Day - Breaking news -

Monday, November 09, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - November 9, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Just how stupid can you be? Pretty stupid, it appears!

Man provides photo for his own wanted poster

A British man on the run from police sent a picture of himself to his local paper because he disliked the mugshot they had printed of him as part of a public appeal to track him down.

South Wales Police had issued media with the photo of Matthew Maynard, wanted by officers investigating a house burglary, as part of a crackdown on crime in Swansea.

When it appeared in the South Wales Evening Post, the 23-year-old sent the newspaper a replacement photo of himself standing in front of a police van. They obligingly printed it on the front page.

The police thanked him for helping them in their appeal, saying: "Everyone in Swansea will know what he looks like now."

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Radical imam praises alleged Fort Hood shooter online - 11/09/09
The personal Web site for a radical American imam living in Yemen who had contact with two 9/11 hijackers is praising alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan as a hero.

Online auction site launches for rich and famous - 11/09/09
Millionaires down on their luck now have a place to sell their mega-yachts, super-cars and family jewels without having to resort to the pawn shop.

Framed for child porn ­ by a PC virus - 11/09/09
Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.

Cyber vandal hits police website - 11/09/09
A computer hacker protesting over terror deaths in Pakistan has attacked the website of Durham Police, forcing it to temporarily close.

'Chilling' cyber stalker terrorised girl with Facebook death threats for two years after she refused to go out with him - 11/90/09
One of Britain’s most obsessive cyber stalkers terrorised a girl on the internet for almost two years because she refused to go out with him.

NY's Cuomo settles with over emails - 11/09/09
New York's attorney general said the operator of would pay $500,000 and overhaul its practices to resolve charges that the social networking site tricked members into providing personal details to lure new members and send out tens of millions of spam emails.

Internet use in the workplace: Know legal issues when policing employees' online activity - 11/07/09
It's something new to worry about in the workplace, and it's not going to go away.
Blogging and social networking sites have transformed the way companies do business, but there are also some legal issues to be mindful of when it comes to policing the online activity of your employees and protecting your company's reputation and product, according to Meredith Sayre, a partner at Carlsmith Ball, whose practice areas include business planning, labor and employment laws.

eBay Reaches Deal With Skype Founders, Your Gabbing Is Safe - 11/06/09
Skype users can breathe easier, now that one of technology's greatest business blunders has been fixed. The outside chance of a Skype shutdown has gone away, messy lawsuits have been resolved, and Skype's founders are back helping run the company.

Internet Posting by Alleged Ft. Hood Killer Showed Sympathy with Suicide Bombers - 11/06/09
Before entering the Ft. Hood Soldier Readiness Center and murdering 13 people­12 soldiers and one civilian­ and wounding 30 more yesterday afternoon, the alleged killer may have already been on law enforcement radar for online postings he made, according to the Associated Press.

Cyber sticks and stones - 11/06/09
What happens when schoolyard name-calling progresses into online harassment? With today’s adolescents now taking bullying into cyberspace, researchers are seeking ways to combat the growing issue of cyberbullying.

Teens arrested over firework killing after Facebook search - 11/09/09
Three teenagers were arrested today in connection with the death of a mother killed after a firework was pushed through her letterbox.

2,000-Year-Old Scrolls, Internet-Era Crime - 11/06/09
Early one morning in March, the law banged on the door of an apartment on Thompson Street in Greenwich Village. Investigators had a warrant to arrest Raphael Haim Golb and seize his computer. He was caught red-handed.

Mum raped by web beast in front of son - 11/06/09
A mum was raped in front of her young son by a man she met on the internet, police said yesterday.
The victim, 23, and her three-year-old boy were lured to the suspect's flat before she was knocked out and raped.

Dating site staff 'faked flirt messages' - 11/06/09,28348,26313798-5014108,00.html
DIRECTORS of a dating website engaged in misleading conduct when they created fake profiles and sent messages to users to flirt with them, a consumer watchdog says.

Cyber crime at all-time high, turns to social networking - 11/05/09
While the Internet has opened many windows of opportunity to research, shopping and entertainment, it has also opened up the window for more crime.
According to the FBI’s annual Internet crime report, 2008 was an all-time high for cyber-crime complaints ­ a trend continuing to grow locally, as well.

Cyber-stalkers can be found lurking in phones, computers - 11/03/09
TECHNOLOGY has helped people escape from domestic violence through online help, but the wireless world and the Internet have also helped abusers to stalk and trap their victims.

Two Beefeaters suspended for bullying first woman yeoman on Wikipedia - 11/03/09
For more than five centuries the job of guarding the Tower of London was one for men only.
So when Moira Cameron became the first female Beefeater, the grumblings from her colleagues were to be expected.

Muslim mother hid bomb manual in her burka and 'considered turning her children into human bombs' - 11/03/09
A mother of six tried to smuggle 'a mini encyclopedia of weapons making' into Britain by concealing a small computer memory stick under her burka.

The Sun gets website to call in ‘net cops’ - 11/03/09
FACEBOOK called in web watchdogs yesterday to drive out perverts - in a victory for The Sun. We called for action after the mum of tragic Ashleigh Hall accused the site of failing to stop sex fiends using it to trawl for victims.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Happy B-Day to me!

Celebrating my birthday a day early with a matinee at the movies - "Paranormal Activity," then a late lunch at a restaurant near the ocean. Tomorrow night will be drinks at our fave restaurant when Chris gets home from work. Yay!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

NEW Things That Stick in my Craw - Travel Lodging

Read about the NEW Things That Stick in my Craw - Hotels, Motels, etc

John Bapst Memorial High School - Bangor, Maine presentation

Was booked by the folks at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Maine to speak to parents the evening of November 2, 2009. It's a three hour drive from our house, so I stayed at a Holiday Inn up there. My TomTom got a little confused as to the correct location of the school - right street, but kept telling me 48 Broadway was the school when it was supposed to be 100 Broadway.

A local TV station, WLBZ news crew showed up to interview me before my talk, then filmed the entire talk to edit down to a news story. I'll post when that's supposed to be online.

About 30 or so parents showed up, which was good! I am hoping they will spread the word to other parents about the talk (and I think they will). I went through cyberbullying, online predators, then did my Facebook bit where I show that my alter ego asked students to be friends. The results?

100 students were asked to be a friend of my alter ego
98 approved my alter ego as a friend
1 asked to be my friend on their own
Only 2 asked who I was but they still approved me
47 were boys; 52 were girls
48% listed their cell phone number in their profile - 58% of those were girls
4 boys and 1 girl also listed their home phone
67% listed their AIM screen name
84% listed an email address (sometimes two)
2 boys and 2 girls listed their home address
6 boys and 10 girls listed where they work
1 girl listed that she had 1,805 photos on her profile; another girl listed just over 900

What was interesting was that 10 former students asked to be my alter ego's friend, just based on the "mutual friends" we had.

One parent asked how I got the student's email addresses to ask them to be friends. I explained how you do a search for a school, get a list of current students, then click on "Add as friend" - no knowledge of any email or otherwise is needed to ask someone to be a friend on Facebook. Which led me to encourage them to get Facebook accounts and learn how to use them.

Then I showed how easy it was to find an address - one of the students didn't list a home address, but *did* list their home phone number. All I did was a reverse phone search, click on the map/directions to the house (blocking out the family's name), then a satellite photo showing the house. That drove the point home and my emphasis that even if Facebook, Myspace, etc have a spot where you can put your email address, home & cell numbers, addresses, work, interests, etc, you do not HAVE to put that info in. You put in as much as you want to. And the less "said," the better.

What I am finding is that the percentages in my results are about the same for every school I've talked at so far. No one school is "worse" than the other. And it just comes down to students being way too trusting of the "friends" they approve, a show that they have loads of "friends" and being naive, although many think they really are net-savvy.

One of the first things said at the end by a parent in the audience was if I was giving the same talk to students the next day. I said no, I was booked to speak to the parents. Many parents expressed an interest in bringing me back to speak to students - and I am hoping the school will do so!

I sold six books (yay!), which paid for the hotel room and enjoyed speaking to parents after my talk. One came up and asked that I remove their house before showing the presentation again. I explained that what I showed was for this school only and that I tailor my presentations for each school I speak at. Relief on their face.

I also mentioned that I put a lot of time into my presentations - the girl who had almost 2,000 photos? I looked at *every* photo. I must have spent three solid days going through the profiles, photos, comments, etc. Then putting the presentation together. I need a raise (ha ha)!!

Got back to my room, pleased with the turnout and wonderful questions asked, but tired. Ordered a philly cheesesteak from the hotel restaurant, at it in my room, then crashed hard. In the morning, drove the three hours home. On to the next school!!

Monday, November 02, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - November 2, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid stupid stupid

Men accused of pawning stolen items for bail cash
Two Bozeman men have been arrested on probation violations after police said they tried to pawn a truckload of stolen items to bail a friend out of jail. Helena Police Chief Troy McGee said the two 21-year-old men arrived at a pawn shop Saturday morning with about $20,000 worth of goods including bikes, televisions and tools.

The store's clerk was suspicious and called police. Officers questioned the men, who said they were trying to raise bail money for a friend. A check with Bozeman police produced no reports of burglaries matching the items.

The officers got the cell phone number from one of the men.

Less than an hour later, McGee said Bozeman police called to said they had started receiving theft reports.

Officers called the men and told them to turn themselves in. The men did and were arrested.

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Police called after online threat to Katie Price's horses - 11/02/09
An online threat to horses belonging to Katie Price has seen the police get involved.
The threat was made on a discussion board and appeared centered around Price's relationship with Alex Reid, 34, a mixed martial arts cage-fighter.

No eternity with Marilyn as crypt auction fails again - 11/02/09
A second attempt to sell a crypt on top of Marilyn Monroe's final resting place has failed, with not a single bid received for the burial spot in a celebrity-filled Los Angeles cemetery.

Online threats require change in online ‘behaviour’ - 11/01/09
Americans, it seems, are getting the message that Internet safety and security is critical to their daily lives but many still need to employ safer cyber 'hygiene' and apply better ‘online behaviour’ to meet the threats of today that permeate the online environment.

Libel tourists flock to 'easy' UK courts - 11/01/09
An Icelandic professor has emerged as the latest victim of “libel tourism” in Britain after he was sued in the High Court by a wealthy compatriot for a posting on a website based in Iceland.

Woman who cried rape after sex with man she met online is jailed for nine months - 11/01/09
A woman who posted explicit photographs of herself on the web and then falsely claimed a man she met online had raped her has been jailed for nine months

E-mail threatens Cortez library staff - 11/01/09
A Montezuma County teen-ager will face criminal charges for threatening, via e-mail, to kill a Cortez librarian during a library fundraising event at the Cortez Journal office.
The 16-year-old boy sent the message Oct. 15 from a Cortez Public Library computer to a staff member at the library. The e-mail explained the youth's plan to murder the library's director, Joanie Howland, during Library Libations at the Journal.

Book pirates advance in £5bn war of the internet - 11/01/09
The stakes are high. On one side are the internet pirates who are offering digital copies of the latest bestsellers such as Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol for free. On the other are the authors and publishers who are determined to stop the £5 billion-a-year UK books market going the way of the music industry, which has seen revenues halve as a result of illegal downloads.

Mystery of Argleton, the 'Google' town that only exists online - 10/31/09
Argleton, a 'phantom town' in Lancashire that appears on Google Maps and online directories but doesn't actually exist, has puzzled internet experts.

NJ telemarketer admits role in big Internet scam - 10/30/09
A former telemarketing company official admitted Friday that he scammed small businesses out of millions of dollars by duping them into paying for Internet services without their consent.

Cyber parenting and the law: Teen's text-threat conviction thrown out - 10/30/09
According to the Sacramento Bee today, the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Sacramento threw out the text-threat and obscenity conviction of a Chico teen who was trying to get a rise out of his ex-girlfriend as he texted her threats to take a gun to school, kill a lot of people and then himself right in front of her. He had also been convicted of an obscenity charge stemming from words in a separate text to this ex-girlfriend.

Satanist uses MySpace to feed desire for teen girls - 10/30/09,28348,26277933-5014239,00.html
A SATANIST obsessed with teenage schoolgirls invented a fake gothic society online to groom them for sex in the grounds of Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery.
Daniel William Peckham, 24, lured at least three girls, aged from 13 to 17, into the cemetery on his MySpace blog, "Rookwood Gothic Society".

Gang Initiation E-mail Hoax Spreads Fear - 10/29/09
Kelene Bolden, of East Hartford, was surprised by the text message she got on Wednesday. It read, “Gang initiation starts today from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. They are planning to kill any female on the street. Pass the word.”

Sexting -- Your Kids May Be Doing It - 10/29/09
According to a recent study, about one in five teenagers have electronically distributed provocative pictures of themselves that could land them in jail. A joint survey by and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that 19% of teenagers answered "yes" when asked if they had ever "sent a nude or semi-nude picture/video" of themselves to someone via email, cell phone, etc.

UConn Student Charged With Internet Threats In Stabbing Probe - 10/28/09,0,281959.story
A University of Connecticut freshman from Wethersfield faces a host of charges in connection with comments he posted on Internet message boards that threatened potential witnesses to the slaying of UConn football player Jasper "Jazz" Howard, police said Thursday.

Facebook killing: First photo of suspect - 10/28/09
THIS is the first picture of the sex offender charged with killing a teenage girl he met on Facebook.
Peter Chapman led cops to the body of Ashleigh Hall after he was arrested for minor motoring offences earlier this week.

Mom Accused Of Craigslist Revenge On 9-Year-Old - 10/28/09
A Long Island mother is accused of posting a sexually suggestive ad on Craigslist urging older men to call a little girl in a twisted case of alleged revenge.
Social worker Margery Tannenbaum, of Hauppauge, is facing aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child charges after allegedly giving sex-seeking men a 9-year old child's name phone number through the online posting.

Female teacher arrested over Japanese 'serial killings' - 10/28/09
A female Japanese teacher has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding and murdering a number of lonely men she met on the internet.
The woman, who has not been officially named, is accused of befriending her victims before persuading them to give her large amounts of money and then killing them.
Police believe a serial killer is responsible for the deaths of as many as six men, all disguised as suicides or accidents.

A fraudster called King Con, his claim to be the DPP and a string of women who fell for his charm - 10/27/09
His many convincing charades have included spells as a hospital consultant, army officer, ballet dancer, earl and merchant banker.
Yet master conman Paul Bint excelled even his own standards by posing as the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC.