WHO@ Newsletter - December 14, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tinfoil Hat Alert!!!

"Secret agent" busted in late night car chase
German police arrested a man who claimed to be a "secret agent" after a high speed chase in pursuit of a car with a blue flashing light on its roof.

Police in the southern city of Fuerth caught up with the man after he raced past them, ignored signals to pull over, and ran a red light as they gave chase.

Smelling strongly of alcohol, the 44-year-old whispered only that he was "one of them," on a secret mission and belonged to the Federal Crime Office -- a body similar to the FBI -- local police said. A check revealed he had no such credentials.

"After matters were taken care of, the would-be 'Mr. Bond' was again released," police said in a statement on Thursday.

A local police spokesman said the man in reality had "a normal job" and declined to explain his nighttime sortie. He faces charges for a variety of driving offences.

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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)

A.M. News: Text messages leads to 'cyberstalking' charge - 12/14/09
A 20-year-old Belmont man allegedly threatened a woman through the use of text messages over a phone.

Bullies use Web to spread their hurt - 12/14/09
The old schoolyard bully who haunted the places a teacher's eye somehow never reached is increasingly taking a backseat to a new kind of bully who uses the Internet's constant playground and knows no boundaries.

Adobe Flash's security woes: How to protect yourself - 12/14/09
Adobe's Flash Player software is on 99 percent of Internet-connected desktops, offering up multimedia and video capabilities on a multitude of popular Web sites such as YouTube. But the Adobe Flash platform has been beset by a rash of security problems that give intruders potential access to computers running the software.

Police: Man's house broken into while he was on MySpace date - 12/12/09
Jason Barker is a hardworking St. Clair Shores guy who thought he'd try meeting a nice girl on MySpace. Instead, as a kind 24-year-old woman from Oak Park chatted with him during their first date at a Chili's restaurant, police say her accomplice was cleaning out Barker' s Downing Street home Dec. 1.

Swedish service performs your last online wishes - 12/11/09
Sunniva Geertinger was devastated when her boyfriend took his life early this year.
To make matters worse, his Facebook account proved almost impossible to put to rest, haunting her like a ghost with new wall-posts from network pals and holiday photos from the past.

FBI: Rogue Antivirus Scammers Have Made $150M - 12/11/09
They're the scourge of the Internet right now and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says they've also raked in more than US$150 million for scammers. Security experts call them rogue antivirus programs.

San Francisco Woman Sues -- Well, She Doesn't Know Who -- For Posting Her Nude Pics - 12/11/09
No need to dream of being Pamela Anderson or Paris Hilton or even former Miss California Carrie Prejean. You, too, can have your own internet sex scandal. Or nightmare. A private citizen of San Francisco has filed suit in Superior Court against some rotten anonymous internet trolls who posted photos of her topless when she was 16 on Flickr and Badongo.com with her real maiden name.

Boy, 15, charged in phone threats to his former high school - 12/11/09
Howard County police have arrested a Columbia teenager they say used Internet "spoofing" software to make telephone threats to his former high school and the Howard County Board of Education.

Fears over organised child fights - 12/11/09
Schoolchildren are being forced to take part in street fights by at least one adult who records them and posts videos on the internet, it has been claimed.

Bereaved father charged in alleged e-mail threats - 12/10/09
The father of a 4-year-old Sturbridge boy who accidentally drowned in 2007 has been charged with threatening town officials in an e-mail that mentions his son’s death.

Ashanti Seeks Protection Against Sex Texting Stalker - 12/10/09
Singer Ashanti has a filed an order of protection against an Indiana man accused of stalking her and her family. According to reports Devar Hurd, 31, is accused of sending Ashanti's mother, Tina Douglas, 32 lewd text messages over the summer.

13 more sites expel NY sex offenders - 12/10/09
Sites owned by Yahoo, AOL, and Google have joined Facebook and MySpace in expelling New York sex offenders from their rolls.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that Google's Orkut.com, AOL's Bebo.com, and Yahoo's Flickr.com are among 13 additional social-networking sites to use sex offender data available through New York's Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-Stop) to find and disable accounts associated with registered sex offenders.

Woman jailed in perjury case - 12/09/09
A woman convicted of fabricating evidence that put an innocent man in jail for three months is now serving a prison sentence of her own.
A judge sentenced Kellye Stephens, a 23-year-old former Norwich University student, to 29 to 30 days in prison at a hearing Tuesday in Vermont District Court in Barre.

Sexting: Just "Kid Stuff" or Child Porn - 12/09/09
What do you call someone at the maximum level of risk-taking behavior, but due to age, has the least ability to be rational (and thus can't recognize the consequences of their actions)? The answer: a teenager.

CRUEL bullies formed a cyber gang to terrorise a hole-in-the-heart schoolgirl at home.
Beth Ellis, 13, whose condition left her smaller and weaker than pupils the same age, had toughed it out against the hate mob in the playground.

John Stamos Targeted for $680,000 Extortion Attempt - 12/08/09
John Stamos announced he was blackmailed for $680,000, reported People Magazine.
The "Full House" star told reporters a man and a woman attempted to blackmail him with photos of, what Stamos claims, are fans posing for pictures.

Two arrested in Japan for scamming purchase reward points out of popular site - 12/07/09
Two men have been arrested for scamming thousands of dollars worth of purchase reward points out of a popular internet shopping site by booking tens of thousands of hotel rooms, Japanese police announce on Dec. 7th.


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