WHO@ Newsletter - December 28, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .A novel prank, but don't try it on me!

Friends pack apartment with gifts in holiday prank

A Chicago man could be unwrapping the hundreds of Christmas gifts spread around his apartment for days, even weeks.

Trouble is, they aren't really presents. They're his own belongings meticulously wrapped by friends as a prank while he was out of town.

Louie Saunders' packages contain everything from couch cushions to the beer in his refrigerator.

His friend Adal Rifai masterminded the scheme after Saunders gave him a spare key. It took 16 people, 35 rolls of wrapping paper and eight hours to finish the job.

Saunders tells the Chicago Sun-Times he's only been able to unwrap about 10 percent of the packages.

He jokes that the upside is that, with each package he unwraps, he finds something inside that's just what he needs.

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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)

China author set to sue Google over web book scan - 12/28/09
Chinese author Mian Mian, who shot to fame with lurid tales of sex, drugs and alcohol in the underworld, will sue Internet giant Google this week for copyright infringement, her lawyer said Monday.

Good Guys Bring Down the Mega-D Botnet - 12/27/09
For two years as a researcher with security company FireEye, Atif Mushtaq worked to keep Mega-D bot malware from infecting clients' networks. In the process, he learned how its controllers operated it. Last June, he began publishing his findings online. In November, he suddenly switched from de­­fense to offense. And Mega-D--a powerful, resilient botnet that had forced 250,000 PCs to do its bidding--went down.

Panther's impostor is sought - 12/27/09
Police say a man wanted for cyberstalking may be the same person pretending to be Carolina Panthers left tackle Travelle Wharton.

Practice online safety for those electronic toys - 12/27/09
So Santa brought your kids all those neat electronic toys for Christmas, including some they will use on the Internet.
The kids might be ecstatic about their haul, but many parents are little concerned about letting the younger generation loose with all that high-tech stuff.

Big Brother's Watching You. . .Undress - 12/26/09
A PREGNANT mother was horrified to see live pictures of her BED on a travel news website.
A camera meant to be monitoring traffic was instead pointing directly at Megan Franklin's bedroom.

Brothel football boss named on Wikipedia - but the press still can't reveal his identity - 12/26/09
The football manager caught visiting a brothel was named on the internet site Wikipedia yesterday.
His identification on the online encyclopedia makes a mockery of rules that protect his privacy on human rights grounds.

Community fear retaliation in Sweet 16 shooting - 12/24/09
Police questioned several gang members at the police station, "But they are denying they knew anything. Their mentality is they take care of their own business," Ferndale police Lt. William Wilson said.

'Vampyre King' Jailed for Threat to Impale Judge - 12/24/09
Indiana prosecutor Mario Massillamany doesn't need to tell people how to correctly pronounce his name this week, as he usually does. These days, he's known as "Mario, the Vampire Slayer."

Subtle tactic to reduce social networking abuse - 12/24/09
When it comes staffers using social networking sites in the workplace, many employers feel like their hands are tied.
While they’re well aware of the dangers posed by employees using sites like Facebook and Twitter ­ legal issues including defamation and harassment, leaking of confidential info, damage to the company’s reputation, etc. ­ the majority of firms are hesitant to ban access to these sites altogether.

Using Facebook and Twitter safely - 12/23/09
You and just about everyone else, it seems, are spending more and more time on Facebook and Twitter, updating statuses and checking friends' tweets. That's all well and good, of course, but the amount of personal information that all of you share in real time, and the level of trust implicit with the social networking sites, do pose particular security and privacy problems.

U.S. teen convicted of sexual assault over Facebook scam - 12/23/09
A U.S. teenager who blackmailed dozens of male students into having sex using Facebook has been convicted.

Fraudsters jailed over £20 million credit card scam - 12/23/09
Two fraudsters have been jailed over their part in a £20 million credit card scam, after a vigilant retailer became suspicious about online orders placed with his music store and contacted the police.

E-Book Piracy: The Publishing Industry's Next Epic Saga? - 12/23/09
e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle continue to rise, so follows the publishing industry's worst nightmare: e-book piracy. For years e-book piracy was the exclusive province of the determined few willing to ferret out mostly nerdy textbook titles from the Internet's dark alleys and read them on their PC.

Man held for defaming housewife in Bangalore - 12/23/09
The cyber crime cell of the crime investigation department arrested a Chennai-based man for allegedly posting theobscene profile of a housewife on a social networking site.

Bossier man threatens to kill on YouTube - 12/22/09
A Bossier City man is threatening to kill his neighbor on YouTube. The clip has some people who live in the area concerned about their own safety.

Gloucester mum excluded over Facebook comments - 12/22/09
A single mother has been excluded from Gloucestershire College for making homophobic comments on her Facebook page.
Lisa Lusty, 33, said she made the homophobic remarks on her social networking page in October in anger after she claims she was being bullied by another student.

When authors attack - 12/22/09
Candace Sams's decision to report bad Amazon reviewers to the FBI is further proof why it's best not to respond publicly to your critics This year has seen its fair share of authors kicking off about poor reviews, from Alice Hoffman, who called a Boston Globe critic a "moron" on Twitter following a negative review of her novel The Story Sisters, to Alain de Botton, who posted an excoriating comment on a reviewer's blog after a poor write-up for The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work in the New York Times. But the latest upset, played out on the pages of Amazon, is possibly the weirdest.

Facebook "disrespect" led to killing in street - 12/22/09
A TEENAGER has been knifed to death - allegedly by his best mate - after a bust-up over a message on Facebook.
Salum Kombo, 18, was stabbed repeatedly and staggered 400 yards before collapsing in a pool of blood.

Parents Snare Facebook Pedo - 12/22/09
A COUPLE posed as their 11-year-old DAUGHTER on Facebook — to snare a paedophile who was grooming her for sex.
The parents lured pervert Thomas Gibbs into a trap after taking over the youngster's online profile.
Today, the sick 52-year-old is starting a 16-month jail term.

Escaped Lag's Facebook Taunts - 12/22/09
AN escaped prisoner is taunting cops by writing about his life on the run on Facebook.
Cheeky inmate Craig Lynch, 28, talks about tucking in to a 12lb venison steak and basking in Caribbean temperatures in his warm, cosy home, on the social networking site.


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