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Friday, May 29, 2009

Welome to SextCasting Is Stupid - Home

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Volunteer Webmaster needed ASAP

I'm president of WHOA (haltabuse.org) and WHOA-KTD (haltabusektd.org). We desperately need a new webmaster to update the site. I would like to keep the current design, but at this point if someone wants to redesign both sites and add new info, I'll go with it.

Quite honestly, if we cannot find a new webmaster, we may have to shut down both organizations.

Please reply here or via email (whoa@haltabuse.org) if you are interested. Feel free to pass this info on or post elsewhere!

WHOA and WHOA-KTD are all-volunteer (we are NOT non-profit, so we don't have money)

1. All positions are volunteer and not paid positions
2. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old, or they must have reached the age of majority in their native country if that age is younger than 18.
3. If you have an active online harassment/stalking case (with WHOA or any other organization), we ask that you wait until it is resolved to begin
volunteering. (You need your energy for your own case right now.)
4. WHOA staffers must not be affiliated with any other online safety organization.
5. WHOA staffers must uphold our mission statement.
6. Must have an excellent command of the English language. All official WHOA communication is done in English.
7. Stable, reasonably secure internet access, with the ability check email at least daily.

Description

Must be well-versed in HTML, uploading files to servers, etc. You must be reliable and can put in a lot of time at first to catch up with the changes needed, then be available 1-2 hours a week at the most for updates.

1. Requirements At least five years of HTML experience
2. Can provide examples of previous/current web sites you've designed or maintain
3. Must know HTML and be able to do quick turnarounds with changes needed for the web sites
4. Must be able to incorporate graphics/photos and possibly a guestbook or other apps to the site as needed
5. Must use your own software to make changes
6. You will work directly with WHOA President Jayne Hitchcock on all web site
changes/design

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Share & Bookmark - The Institute for Responsible Online and CellPhone Communication

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Digital Safety in an Interconnected World - Programme*

Digital Safety in an Interconnected World - Programme*

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New WPOR Radio Interview

Keeping kids away from dangerous stuff online, without complaints! http://wpor.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=3633107

WHO@ Newsletter - May 26, 2009

Hope you all had a good Memorial Day weekend!


I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .All I can say is "Wow."

Man pushes would-be suicide off bridge
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090525/od_nm/us_jumper_odd

A Chinese man was pushed off a bridge by an angry passer-by after his threat to commit suicide held up traffic for five hours, Chinese media reported on Saturday.

Retired soldier Lian Jiansheng, 66, broke through a police cordon and reached out to shake the hand of would-be jumper Chen Fuchao before shoving him off the bridge.

"I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interests," Lai was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper.

"They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals."

Chen, 2 million yuan ($293,200) in debt because of a failed building project, fell 8 metres (yards) onto a partially inflated emergency air cushion and was hospitalized with wrist and back injuries. Lai was detained by police.

Chen was at least the twelfth person since early April to threaten suicide at the same spot, the Haizhu bridge in Guangzhou. But none jumped and -- until Lian gave Chen a helping hand -- none was pushed.

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Battle Between Craigslist, State AGs Gets Nuttier - 05/26/09
http://www.pcworld.com/article/165476/battle_between_craigslist_state_ags_gets_nuttier.html
don't know about you, but I'm finding the whole showdown between Craigslist and the state attorneys general over online "adult" ads endlessly entertaining. In case you've been paying attention to actual news and somehow missed it, here's the story so far.

YouTube star who witnessed shooting comes clean - 05/25/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090525/wr_nm/us_australia_video_net
An Australia woman's account of a late night shooting in Sydney has turned her into an Internet sensation with T-shirts, mugs and a dance remix made in her honor but there's just one problem -- she made it up.

Family weary of lack of action in cyberstalking case - 05/24/09
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/754525.html
Barb Zimmerman is tired of Tacoma police saying her family’s wounds are self-inflicted.
Her husband, David, a plumber who doesn’t fear much, has been threatened with a baseball bat. Her daughter Kayleen, 18, is afraid to sleep alone, fearing that promises to behead her will come true.

Cyberbullying case brings big changes - 05/24/09
http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/1214612.html
The July sentencing of a Missouri mom convicted for her part in an Internet hoax that led to a teenager’s suicide may disappoint those looking for justice.

Web a weapon of lovers’ revenge - 05/24/09
http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/Article.aspx?id=1005593
The Internet is increasingly being used to cause hurt to former partners after love goes sour ­ and the malice lasts forever.
I typing your name into Google only to find, among the search results, naked pictures of yourself ­ and a website billing you as an amorous seductress.

$10m fugitive drinking beer, enjoying heat - 05/24/09
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10574205
One of the fugitives sought over Westpac's missing millions has told friends she is drinking Chinese beer, enjoying the heat of Asia - and planning on returning to New Zealand.

Sequim man arrested in Internet harassment case - 05/22/09
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/northwest/story/919941.html
Police say a former Connecticut CVS pharmacist, now living in Washington state, has turned himself in on charges of harassing a woman on the Internet.

Former Nicholls State Football Player Indicted On Federal Charges - 05/22/09
http://www.wdsu.com/news/19543491/detail.html
A former Nicholls State University student-athlete was charged Friday in connection with online threats to terrorize the school.

Conficker Still Attacking 50K PCs Each Day - 05/21/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/zd/20090521/tc_zd/240598
Did you think the Conficker hysteria was over? Think again.
The little virus that could is still infecting about 50,000 new PCs every day, according to Guy Bunker, a computer security expert at Symantec.

Australian woman pleads guilty to cyber-stalking American Idol star - 05/21/09
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25515089-5001021,00.html
AN Australian woman has pleaded guilty to charges she used the internet to stalk a female contestant on talent show American Idol and the star's family and friends.

Pornographic videos flood YouTube - 05/21/09
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8061979.stm
Video-sharing website YouTube has removed hundreds of pornographic videos which were uploaded in what is believed to be a planned attack. The material was uploaded under names of famous teenage celebrities such as Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers.

Websites 'keeping deleted photos' - 05/21/09
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8060407.stm
User photographs can still be found on many social networking sites even after people have deleted them, Cambridge University researchers have said.

MEDIA MORSEL: Slinger cyber-stalks like a girl - 05/21/09
http://www.theotherpaper.com/articles/2009/05/21/front/doc4a15579e474a5796734053.txt
Posting even the most mundane personal information online could lead to a surprise visit, Fox 28’s Gabe Spiegel said in a lead-in to Tuesday night’s story.
But reporter Adam Slinger gave his story a more disturbing news angle: “The virtual world allows us to post everything about us,” he said. “And consequently, everything a lunatic needs to find us.”

Technology and dating - 05/21/09
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/lifematters/technology-and-dating-20090520-besc.html
The other week I had dinner with a married friend in her late 30s. As is so often the case, conversation turned to the tragic state of my love life.

Woman accused of forging soldier's checks - 05/21/09
http://www.newswatch50.com/news/local/story/Woman-accused-of-forging-soldiers-checks/frroFXVF9Uq6UFPB74a4_A.cspx
Watertown police believe a city woman helped herself to over $5000 from a Fort Drum soldier’s bank account over the course of several weeks early this year.
Officers arrested Chryssaundra L. Shipman, 33, of 241 Winslow Street, apt 2C on one count of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and nine counts of Forgery 3rd Degree when she arrived at the PSB Wednesday morning in response to a call from investigators.

Online threats on MySpace lands Chilton County teen in juvenile detention - 05/20/09
http://www.whnt.com/news/sns-ap-al--teen-threats,0,3427410.story
A sixteen-year-old Chilton County boy has been arrested on state charges for making terrorist threats against fellow students on the social web site MySpace.

Man surfs web map to suicide - 05/20/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2437989.ece
A DESPERATE man chose a location for his suicide on Google Earth - then drove 200 miles to kill himself there.

Online harassment complaint against Washington Twp. politician dismissed - 05/19/09
http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20090519/UPDATES01/90519018/1005/NEWS01/Online+harassment+complaint+against+Washington+Twp.+politician+dismissed
Municipal Court judge Philip Maenza referred the complaint brought by Long Valley resident Thomas Lotito against former Washington Township Committeeman Kevin Nedd to a mediator.

Craig's List Internet Harassment Victim Wants Justice - 05/19/09
http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-craigs-list-internet-harassment-051909,0,7085017.story
It wasn't rape. But a South St. Louis County woman facing internet harassment says that's what it felt like. The victim discovered someone was impersonating her and giving away her personal contact information to individuals looking for one night stands on Craig's List. At least ten people called her on April 24th to respond to a message they thought she had sent.

Guilty Plea from Penna. Man in Ebay ''Autographed'' Books Scam - 05/19/09
http://www.kyw1060.com/pages/4426647.php?
A Reading, Pa. man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Philadelphia to a book fraud -- forging famous authors' signatures and selling the books on Ebay as signed originals.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ellsworth Middle and High School Talks

On Thursday, May 14th, I got to speak at Ellsworth High School. It was a long drive up, about 3 1/2 hours and thank goodness I had audiobooks on my iPod Touch. Stayed at a Holiday Inn (nice hotel) and my first talk was at 12:20 for the high school students. Like the other schools I've talked at, my alter ego on Facebook began asking students to be friends when I knew I'd be coming to the school. I asked 60 of them to be my friend. Only three asked who I was and two of those still added me as a friend (er, my alter ego). Out of the 60, all but one accepted me as a friend.

Once I was their friend, I had access to all the info and photos they posted there. This came as a shock to all of the students when I asked them how they thought they did. Of the 59 who did accept my alter ego as a friend:

60% were boys; 40% girls
40% listed the cell phone number - 75% of those were boys
7 boys also listed their home phone
65% listed their AIM screen name
64% list an email address (sometimes two)
3 boys listed their home address
6 boys and 1 girl listed where they work

For the most part, the photos were good - mostly about sports, plays at school, vacations, etc. I didn't really find much wrong with those.

It was when I went to Myspace that the photos part went downhill. I again looked at 60 profiles, some were names that had approved me as Facebook, but had public profiles on Myspace. You don't need to friend anyone to see public profiles on Myspace. The results:

60 profiles were looked at
33% were boys
67% were girls
Just over half marked their profiles private
27% were boys
73% were girls
But 11 listed their first and last name as their profile name or in their profile
And half of those were Private Profiles

The photos? A lot of underage drinking, giving the finger and posing with guns (the guns may or may not have been real, but come on, DON'T be posting things like that, even in "fun")

To say the students were shocked was an understatement. Then when I got into sexting (sending semi-nude or nude photos via cell phone), they were even more shocked when they realized it's considered child porn (after all, they are all under 18) and they could be jailed and have a criminal record for the rest of their lives.

I had several students come up afterward telling me they thought it was going to be another boring, ho-hum presentation, but I brought it home to them by focusing on their school. Which is why I do what I do best.

Next was the middle school students and they were almost as good. Although I didn't show the photos (which I am going to do from now on - these kids are getting more tech-savvy and smartass each day), I think they got the point.

That night, I talked with parents. Some kids showed up with their parents, which was a first. A good recount of that is on the local newspaper web site - EHS Students Learn About Internet Safety.

The parents listened intently and were a good audience, but the best response I got was from April, who booked me to speak. She told me that I was just as advertised and she was very happy with me.

Yay!!

The bad thing was that the F keys on my little Sony Vaio laptop died on me, so I had to borrow a school laptop to do my presentations. Good thing I had a USB flash drive. I ended up doing some research at Barnes & Noble and found a new small "Netbook" that fits my needs. I don't need a CD/DVD drive since I use it just for traveling, hooking up to a LCD projector for my PowerPoint presentations and to check email, etc. So I ended up with a sweet new computer - an ASUS Eee PC Model 1000HEB. It's got a 160 gig hard drive, up to 7 hours battery life, Windows XP (I hate Vista), a full size keyboard and it weighs just 3 pounds. I love it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Digital Safety Conference - June 19th - London

I'm going to be a featured speaker at this conference next month. Please see their site for details: http://www.digitalsafety.com/

If you are interested in attending, I can have five people attend for half off the registration fee. The first five people who contact me will get the 50% discount.

After that, you can still get 25% off the registration (ONLINE ONLY) by using the code whoads09

This is going to be an exciting event - I am really looking forward to speaking at it and participating all day long. I hope to see some of you there!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - May 18, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .She's Hot Hot Hot
Tenn. woman fights off intruders with chili, broom
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090519/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_chili_defense;_ylt=AoqAXeCVnxNc6v7Zg1MMBoTtiBIF

Up in Tazewell, Wanda Bray slings a mean bowl of chili. Quite literally. Claiborne County Sheriff's Capt. David Honeycutt said Bray was confronted by men who broke into her home Tuesday night and she fought back by throwing what was described as "household objects" at them, including a bowl of homemade chili.

Then, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel, the 58-year-old Bray went after the intruders with a broom. They fled.

Police later arrested three men and charged them with the home invasion robbery and with a recent convenience store holdup.

Honeycutt said the intruders demanded drugs from Bray and probably got away with a bottle of blood pressure pills.
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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)

Is your boss your friend or foe? - 05/19/09
http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/biztech/is-your-boss-your-friend-or-foe/2009/05/18/1242498695453.html
Facebook is blurring the boundaries between work and private life and sometimes the consequences are at the employee's expense, writes Michelle Wilding.

Wesleyan Killing Puts New Focus On Crime Of Stalking - 05/19/09
http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-stalk.artmay19,0,3849447.story
It doesn't matter how many locks you have on the door, how much counseling you get or even whether the criminal justice system works.

Got an unusual name? Facebook may think it's fake - 05/18/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090518/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_facebook_names
Alicia Istanbul woke up one recent Wednesday to find herself locked out of the Facebook account she opened in 2007, one Facebook suddenly deemed fake.

'Sexting' on rise among teenagers - 05/17/09
http://www.rgj.com/article/20090517/NEWS/905170352/1321/NEWS/+Sexting++on+rise+among+teenagers
Lucy Miller of Mogul wants her teenage son to be able to call her or her husband in case of emergencies, or let them know when he needs to be picked up from activities.

NSW laws helping prosecute more stalkers - 05/17/09
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/nsw-laws-helping-prosecute-more-stalkers-20090517-b78i.html
Stalking offences are being more successfully prosecuted with less involvement from victims since the intro

Net ban to beat toff kid 'cheats - 05/16/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2432305.ece
POSH Harrow schoolboys were banned from using the internet after a suspected plot to cheat in a GCSE exam.

Ex-con charged with killing Internet pal - 05/15/09
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/05/15/Ex-con-charged-with-killing-Internet-pal/UPI-52271242402144/
New York police say they have charged a man with murder in the killing of a woman allegedly wooed on the Internet and ambushed on a park bench.

Fargo man accused of stalking West Fargo woman on Facebook - 05/15/09
http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/240671/
A Fargo man is accused of stalking a West Fargo woman and using fake names to send her messages on Facebook threatening to kill anyone he wants to, including the woman and her family.

Protect Yourself Against Ruthless Cyber-Stalkers - 05/15/09
http://wcbstv.com/technology/cyber.stalking.internet.2.1010915.html
Another alleged stalking incident has led to another death.
A 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a man who police say was cyber-stalking her.

Holocaust denier whom Britain refused to extradite to Germany gets jail sentence in Australia for anti-Semitic website - 05/14/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1181334/Holocaust-denier-Britain-refused-extradite-Germany-gets-jail-sentence-Australia-anti-Semitic-website.html
An Australian who has denied the Holocaust occurred was sentenced to three months in prison today for defying an order to stop publishing anti-Semitic material on his website.

U.S. internet sex predator 'lured dozens of British girls to send him nude photos through MySpace' - 05/14/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1181320/U-S-internet-sex-predator-lured-dozens-British-girls-send-nude-photos-MySpace.html
An internet sex predator in America who posed as a 14-year-old is feared to have lured dozens of British girls in to sending him nude photos of themselves.

EMT loses job for posting picture of murder victim on his Facebook page - 05/14/09
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/05/14/2009-05-14_emt_loses_job_for_posting_body_facebook.html
A Staten Island EMT lost his job after snapping a picture of a murder victim and posting the photo on his Facebook page, his former employer said Wednesday.

Google off! Outrage over spy-in-the-street forces company to reshoot its entire Street View footage for Japan - 05/13/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1181253/Google-Outrage-spy-street-forces-company-reshoot-entire-Street-View-footage-Japan.html
Google is under increasing global pressure to make changes to its highly controversial Street View after fresh complaints that it was invading the privacy of householders.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

In memory of a wonderful man

In memory of Jim B Smith - actor, singer, Grammy Award Winner, author and my "dad." I'm just glad I told him I loved him when I talked with him a few weeks ago. http://pweb.netcom.com/~jb29miss/

Monday, May 11, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - May 11, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid Criminals 101

Oops, wrong address: Stolen phones sent to FBI
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090509/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_wrong_address;_ylt=ApsAcpQOxI87FVWbbCxJd.btiBIF

MONROE, La. – If you're going to buy something with a forged cashier's check, don't misspell "cashier's" or use an FBI office as your shipping address.

Police in Monroe, La., say they arrested a 44-year-old man from Memphis, Tenn., after he did both. He was held Friday on two counts of forgery and as a fugitive from justice in Georgia, where he is accused of a similar scheme.

The FBI called police Thursday after a Minnesota cell phone distributor called the bureau.

The company had sent 50 phones to the address for the FBI office Monroe, only to discover its $2,359.45 payment was a "cahier's check".

FBI agents saw the suspect wave down a delivery truck driver outside the bureau later Thursday, stopped the transaction and waited for police.

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Cell-phone stalking is targeted in Nevada - 05/10/09
http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/national/article/TEXT10_20090509-214208/266832/
During court-mandated private therapy sessions, teenage victims of domestic violence sit across from social worker Lora Watkins with cell phones in their hands -- still sending dozens of text messages to their abusers.

Toll taker suspended in probe of threats - 05/09/09
http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/666083.html
The effort started out as a plan, albeit an unusual one, for David Zelonis to save his state job. Turns out that effort could end up costing him his career.
Zelonis, a Grand Island toll collector, was suspended from his job without pay Friday while agency officials prepare to terminate him for allegedly sending intimidating e-mail threats against an anti-toll activist.

TTC chair apologizes after e-mail threat to neighbouring councillor - 05/09/09
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2009/05/09/ttc-chair-apologizes-after-e-mail-threat-to-neighbouring-councillor.aspx
Burned by his Blackberry addiction, TTC chairman Adam Giambrone has been forced to apologize for a nasty e-mail threatening to “cause trouble” for a fellow city councillor.

Turning up heat on web harassment - 05/08/09
http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/turning-up-heat-on-web-harassment/2009/05/07/1241289315391.html
BACKYARD bullies have moved into cyberspace with such speed and aggression that police, governments and lawyers are testing new ways of slowing their spread.

Bill Would Turn Internet Flamers Into Felons - 05/08/09
http://www.cio.com/article/492242/Bill_Would_Turn_Internet_Flamers_Into_Felons
A little-noticed bill re-introduced in Congress last month would make the use of popular electronic communications a felony if "the intent is to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person."

Harassment charge filed against former Washimgton Township official - 05/08/09
http://www.recordernewspapers.com/articles/2009/05/09/observer-tribune/news/doc4a00a1393410b528519308.txt
Thomas Lotito says former Township Committeeman Kevin Nedd's comments about him have crossed the line into a crime.
Nedd said the words he uses are colorful but that they are protected by the First Amendment, that he has no regrets and that Lotito's response is all about politics.

Punishment for posting fight video harsh, father says - 05/08/09
http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=222613&format=html
Chris Dye doesn’t believe his daughter deserved to be suspended from Musselman Middle School this week for posting video footage of a campus fight on YouTube.

Two charged over Internet postings - 05/08/09
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20090508/NEWS03/305089946
In more fallout from a long-running dispute on the Jefferson County Web Board, two Watertown men were charged with harassment and stalking Thursday for allegedly posting negative comments about a South Colton man on the Internet.

Woman charged in Craigslist harassment case - 05/08/09
http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/saturday/news/ny-licraig0912746453may08,0,511366.story
Suffolk police have arrested a Hauppauge woman they say harassed her neighbor and possibly the neighbor's 9-year-old daughter by posting a sexually suggestive ad on Craigslist and directing nearly two dozen calls from men seeking sex to the neighbor's home phone number.

BU Student Facing Stalking & Harassment Charges - 05/08/09
http://www.bloomutoday.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=1&twindow=&mad=&sdetail=851&wpage=1&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=2533&hn=bloomutoday&he=.com
On Friday May 1st Bloomsburg Police were dispatched to a residence on Glen Avenue for a report of harassment. The caller told dispatchers that the harassment was an ongoing. The victim a BU Coed advised Columbia County 911 that an individual was approaching her door. The victim then stated that the suspect left in a pick-up truck.
The secret discovered when computer was sent for repair - 05/08/09
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6245300.ece
It might have been just another day for Richard Harper, a young IT engineer, as he sat down to mend a computer in his workshop in Reading. As he ran tests he came across a folder marked “young boys” on a hard drive slotted into the back of the machine. He clicked on an icon. What he found stopped him in his tracks: a shocking image of a child. Appalled, he called his manager.

Social sites and the danger surrounding them - 05/08/09
http://media.www.tnhonline.com/media/storage/paper674/news/2009/05/08/News/Social.Sites.And.The.Danger.Surrounding.Them-3738794.shtml
Facebook. Twitter. MySpace. An e-mail account. Most, if not all of us use at least one of these forms of communication. They are great for keeping up with friends and sharing information, but they are also an easy way of becoming a target for a cyber-stalker.

Court reinstates Yahoo lawsuit over fake profiles - 05/08/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090509/wr_nm/us_yahoo
A U.S. appeals court on Friday reinstated a breach of contract claim against Yahoo Inc by an Oregon woman who said the company failed to remove nude photos and fake profiles posted by her estranged boyfriend after promising to do so.

Man pleads guilty to email threat against Obama - 05/07/09
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5j8vTFq4NsYZbzBy6E-8UBsUvV4cw
A Texas man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill U.S. President Barack Obama and blow up the Mall of America in Minneapolis.

Virtual Stalking Ruins The Fun Of Social Media - 05/07/09
http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2009/05/07/virtual-stalking-ruins-the-fun-of-social-media
Social media is great. Social media brings people together. Social media opens the conversation. Social media puts you in the eyes of the world. Social media gives you a voice.

Facebook's Censorship of E-Mail Puts it in Free Speech Hot Seat - 05/07/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090507/tc_pcworld/facebookscensorshipofemailputsitinfreespeechhotseat
Facebook is actively filtering out Pirate Bay content from its Web site banning a Pirate Bay link-posting application that allows you to easily share torrent files from the Pirate Bay's site with Facebook members.

Facebook users duped into revealing personal details - 05/07/09
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/144357,facebook-users-duped-into-revealing-personal-details.aspx
Users of popular social networking sites have been tricked into divulging personal information, according to the Q1 2009 email threat report from Cyberoam.

Phished Facebook Accounts Become Spammer's Tool - 05/07/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090507/tc_pcworld/phishedfacebookaccountsbecomespammerstool
Cybercriminals who went after Facebook users with a number of phishing attacks last week have now turned around and begun sending spam messages from the Facebook accounts they cracked.

Online safety: how to deal with Internet trolls? - 05/06/09
http://www.ecommerce-journal.com/articles/15195_online_safety_how_to_deal_with_internet_trolls
How to call a person who provokes and pulling people into flaming discussion, spins conflicting information, argues repeatedly, asks questions in an insincere manner, insults and harasses online community members and ignores warnings from moderators? There's a name for this kind of person: Internet troll.

Prosecutors seek three-year prison term in Missouri cyber-bullying case - 05/06/09
http://sundaygazettemail.com/News/200905060963
Federal prosecutors are asking a federal judge to send Lori Drew to prison for three years for her role in the online harassment of a teenage girl in Dardenne Prairie, Mo., who killed herself.

Free speech on Facebook doesn’t always come easy - 05/06/09
http://www.mndaily.com/2009/05/06/free-speech-facebook-doesn%E2%80%99t-always-come-easy
Several universities across the country have violated student’s first amendment rights on the site.

Student's Wikipedia hoax quote used worldwide in newspaper obituaries - 05/06/09
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0506/1224245992919.html
A WIKIPEDIA hoax by a 22-year-old Dublin student resulted in a fake quote being published in newspaper obituaries around the world.
The quote was attributed to French composer Maurice Jarre who died at the end of March.

Use the Internet, Lose your Privacy - 05/05/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090505/tc_pcworld/usetheinternetloseyourprivacy
Bruce Schneier, author and computer security expert, wrote a good reality-check essay on the subject of online privacy, or the lack thereof.
In it, he points out how using Webmail or an online document service like Google Docs not only allows for more easily snagging your information, but also severely waters down legal privacy protections.

Federal cyber bully bill gets new life - 05/05/09
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/425DD44B55A675A1862575AD00019F47?OpenDocument
The 2006 suicide of Megan Meier, which came after the girl was harassed online, spurred a flurry of new state laws aimed at cracking down on "cyber-bullying."

Thursday, May 07, 2009

What the frell hit me?

And before any of you smartasses write something like "what were you drinking?" I was NOT drinking any alcohol.

Went to lunch with my friend Robin. We both had the cheesesteak sub. I only ate half of that and the fries and brought the rest home for Chris. At around 3pm we drove by Joanne's house to pick up some things she wanted to be brought to the dump (town dump is open on Wed & Sat). As we were driving to the dump, my stomach started acting squirrely. I thought I was going to hurl a couple of times and almost asked Chris to pull over.

We got home and my stomach was still feeling weird, now my neck and the top of my shoulders were aching like I'd been lifting something really heavy. I asked Chris if we were going to "hot tub" later and he said of course. I thought that would help.

I started the oven and put a whole roasting chicken in. I went down to my office to work on some things for a trip for next week (presentations at two schools) and my stomach got worse. As I walked up the stairs, suddenly I was dizzy, the nausea was worse, my throat felt like I was swallowing glass and swollen, I ached all over and I was freezing, even though I was in my jeans, sweater and sweatshirt on top of that.

Chris was outside and I was too weak to even call him, so I went directly to bed, pulling the covers up over my clothes. I was still freezing. I began to drift in and out and he came in the house looking for me. When he found me, I told him I felt awful.

That was at around 4pm. I remember he checked in on me a few times and once told me my forehead was really warm. I finally got up at 745 pm, dragging myself to the couch.

I managed some saltines with peanut butter and orange sherbert. We watched some funny video show, then LOST, then it was back to bed, this time in my jammies.

I slept pretty much all night, I remember Chris kissing me this morning and letting me sleep. He came in a couple of times and I got up at 930 am. I was hungry even though my head felt like it was stuffed with cotton balls and I was still a bit nauseous. He made me scrambled eggs and bacon. I managed a bit of the eggs and one slice of bacon when I had to put the plate down. I thought I was going to hurl.

Now I'm trying to catch up on things so that I can go back upstairs and crash.

It can't be food poisoning because Robin and Chris are fine. So I don't know what hit me. All I know is I feel like crap.

Monday, May 04, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - May 4, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .that was one crappy flight

Outhouses cushion small plane crash in Wash state
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090503/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_toilets_crash;_ylt=AoBobnEIyeUtlj_Fd4axnhrtiBIF

PUYALLUP, Wash. ­ A small airplane dropping from the sky after its engine failed wound up on a cushioning bunch of portable toilets ­ and the pilot was able to walk away apparently unhurt.

Gary Mayor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna 182 crashed Friday afternoon in Washington state after taking off from Thun Field, an airfield owned by Pierce County southeast of Tacoma.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the plane was about 150 feet in the air when the engine quit.

Troyer told The News Tribune that the pilot tried to turn around to land but didn't quite make it.

The plane hit a fence, flipped over and landed upside down on top of the portable toilets standing in a storage yard.

Authorities didn't immediately give the pilot's identity.

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Former faculty member sentenced for 'unauthorized access' to former student's e-mail account - 05/04/09
http://www.stthomas.edu/bulletin/news/200919/Monday/publicsafety5_4_09.cfm
Stephan Grzeskowiak, a former assistant professor of marketing at the University of St. Thomas, was sentenced recently in U.S. District Court in Madison, Wis., for illegally using a computer to monitor e-mail activities of a former graduate business student here.

Probation, fine recommended for Lori Drew in cyber-harassment case - 05/04/09
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/laworder/story/06DA20BB7F2338CB862575AC00091662?OpenDocument
A presentence report recommends probation and a $5,000 fine for Lori Drew on three misdemeanors linked to the online harassment of a teenage neighbor in Dardenne Prairie who committed suicide, court documents show.

Safe "sexting?" No such thing, teens warned - 05/04/09
http://in.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idINTRE5430V420090504
Teens sending nude or suggestive photos of themselves over their mobile phones are being warned -- "sexting" can damage your future.

Police sometimes find difficulties investigating Internet harassment - 05/04/09
http://www.wsls.com/sls/news/local/article/police_sometimes_find_difficulties_investigating_internet_harassment/34231/
A local woman believes her story illustrates just how frustrating it can sometimes be fighting Internet harassment.
Tina Austin claims someone harassed her by posting information on the popular trading website, craigslist.org, last February.

If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is, even if it is on the internet - 05/03/09
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/article6216304.ece
A rise in pyramid and Ponzi fraud schemes in Britain and the United States is being spurred by the power of the internet, consumer and business groups fear, with old-fashioned cons repackaged as marketing enterprises backed by advertisements on Google, videos on YouTube and enticing websites. It is, they say, a fraud for the digital age.

Local stalking victim shares ordeal - 05/02/09
http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20090502/NEWS01/905020307
Stalking is a criminal activity that on both the local and national level has become particularly difficult for both victims and law enforcement to deal with. Just ask area resident Rhonda Hurtt, who never imagined she would be afraid to leave her house or be forced to watch her every move. This week, during National Crime Victims' Right Week, she recalled how she tried to regain control of her life from a crime that often strips that control from a person.

Warning after Botox sold through eBay - 05/01/09
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/health/808532/warning-after-botox-sold-through-ebay
The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) says UK-based listings for the injectable anti-wrinkle treatment have been pulled from the global online auction site.

News - Sexting in Saratoga - 05/01/09
http://www.saratoga.com/today/2009/05/news---sexting-in-saratoga.html
If you are a parent who is not familiar with the practice of "sexting," then there are some local groups who want to help you understand a devastating decision that could have lifelong consequences on your teen's life.

Stalking could lead to acts of sexual violence - 05/01/09
http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/23035
“You don’t know me, but I know you.”
Allie, a freshman at UW-Madison, listened to her stalker speak to her for the first time. She was a victim of both phone and cyber stalking by an unknown perpetrator. He began by obsessively calling her and sending 28 friend requests on Facebook under different aliases.

Twitter hacker claims to have accessed celebrity accounts including Ashton Kutcher - 05/01/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/twitter/5256956/Twitter-hacker-claims-to-have-accessed-celebrity-accounts-including-Ashton-Kutcher.html
A French hacker, who goes by the name of “Hacker Croll”, is believed to have hacked into Twitter’s internal system, giving him access to millions of accounts including high profile users such as Lily Allen and Ashton Kutcher.

Cops called over porn site prank - 05/01/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2406850.ece
COPS are investigating after the faces of students and teachers at a school were stuck on porno images on a raunchy website.
An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with the pics of staff and pupils from Cowes High School on the Isle of Wight.

Bogus Web ad is invitation to steal - 05/01/09
http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/wfaa/latestnews/stories/wfaa090501_wz_craigslisttheft.df487d8.html
Sherry Johnson Huwitt recently woke up to see what looked like robbers in her yard.
"These two guys were loading up my basketball goal," she said. "I went outside and started yelling, 'What are you doing with my things?' And they said, 'It was on craigslist.'"

Students shocked, but not scared after arrests - 04/30/09
http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1664565
Miriam Hauser noticed an increase in police presence at her high school after rumors began to swirl that the school received a threat via e-mail.

Child carer's 'double life as an escort girl' - 04/30/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1175040/Child-carers-double-life-escort-girl.html
A council child care worker was allegedly leading a double life as an escort girl, a court heard yesterday. Mandy Graham helped look after vulnerable youngsters in the care of social services.

Spammers flood Internet with trick flu emails: security firm - 04/30/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20090430/tc_afp/healthfluitinternetlead
Cyber crooks are capitalizing on influenza fears with torrents of email promising "Swine flu" news but delivering malware or dubious offers for potency drugs or penis enlargement.

E-mail threat nets UBC student one-year sentence - 04/29/09
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/2009/04/29/9285286-sun.html
A former UBC student who shut the school down with two threatening e-mails last year was given a one-year conditional sentence Tuesday.

Headache pills made of rat poison and Viagra made of chalk: We reveal the chilling truth about internet drugs - 04/29/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/health/article-1173735/After-deacons-daughter-killed-medicine-bought-online--chilling-truth-internet-black-market-prescription-drugs.html
Were there such a thing as a website with a bedside manner, it would surely be www.uk-online-pharmacy.com.
With its crisp design and the photograph of six white-coated pharmacists smiling out at you, there seems little doubt that this is the real thing. Respectable. Dependable. Solid. And it seems so much more efficient than your regular pharmacist.

German war games fan 'killed British student due to obsession with girlfriend' - 04/28/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/5237211/German-war-games-fan-killed-British-student-due-to-obsession-with-girlfriend.html
David Heiss, 21, allegedly travelled from his home in Limburg, Germany, to murder Matthew Pyke after becoming infatuated with Joanna Witton, who ran the site Warcentral with her boyfriend. Nottingham Crown Court heard how Heiss 'lived his life through the internet' and regularly contacted Miss Witton through the website.